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special needs
▪ Teachers are trained to help students with special needs.
▪ At the same time the child with special needs is challenged intellectually and socially.
▪ If governors are to make good decisions on meeting special needs their approach must be equally systematic.
▪ In this wider sense, the problem of special needs is largely a problem of social disadvantage and poverty.
▪ Read in studio Voice over Two schools for children with special needs are locked in an argument over whether or not they should merge.
▪ Remember any special needs of handicapped people such as drinking cups and specially designed cutlery.
▪ Supporters of those with special needs should be exemplars of such good practice.
▪ The distribution of students with special needs among different types of courses is shown in Figure 11.27.
▪ When we undertook our study we found that the categorisation usually made of the special needs of children was insufficiently detailed.
special needs

n. (context idiomatic English) Needs for special care, services or accommodations.

Special needs

In the United States, special needs is a term used in clinical diagnostic and functional development to describe individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental, or psychological. For instance, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases 9th edition both give guidelines for clinical diagnosis. Types of special needs vary in severity. People with autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia, blindness, ADHD, or cystic fibrosis, for example, may be considered to have special needs. However, special needs can also include cleft lips and/or palates, port-wine stains, or missing limbs.

In the United Kingdom, special needs often refers to special needs within an educational context. This is also referred to as special educational needs (SEN). In the United States, 18.5 percent of all children under the age of 18 (over 13.5 million children) had special health care needs as of 2005.

More narrowly, it is a legal term applying in foster care in the United States, derived from the language in the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. It is a diagnosis used to classify children as needing "more" services than those children without special needs who are in the foster care system. It is a diagnosis based on behavior, childhood and family history, and is usually made by a health care professional.

Special Needs (Placebo song)

"Special Needs" is a song by English alternative rock band Placebo. It was released as the third single from their fourth studio album, Sleeping with Ghosts, on 15 September 2003. It peaked at No. 27 in the UK Singles Chart.

Special needs (disambiguation)

Special needs is a term that describes the requirements of individuals who need support to cope with neurological disabilities.

Special needs may also refer to:

Special Needs (film)

Special Needs is a dark comedy/satire about three reality TV producers creating show about people with physical and mental disabilities. The film was written, produced, and directed by Isaak James, who also starred.

Special Needs (band)

Special Needs (briefly known as ‘The Needs’) were a five-piece alternative rock group formed in London, England in 1998. They disbanded in 2005, reformed in 2011 with the group's comeback including a first tour for over six years in November 2011. The group disbanded for a second time towards the end of 2012.