What is considered "Special Needs"?

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Found this explanation of “Special Needs” useful … anyone would like to add on?

One Term, Many Definitions:

“Special Needs” is an umbrella underneath which a staggering array of diagnoses can be wedged. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound cognitive impairment; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems. The designation is useful for getting needed services, setting appropriate goals, and gaining understanding for a child and stressed family.

http://specialchildren.about.com

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Found this explanation of “Special Needs” useful … anyone would like to add on?

One Term, Many Definitions:

“Special Needs” is an umbrella underneath which a staggering array of diagnoses can be wedged. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound cognitive impairment; food allergies or terminal illness; developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain entrenched; occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems. The designation is useful for getting needed services, setting appropriate goals, and gaining understanding for a child and stressed family.

http://specialchildren.about.com

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Posted on 19/01/2016

Many people mistake special children as those with cognitive issues or a disability. However, special needs children may include those with high performance capabilities (gifted children). This is an interesting link I came across on how to know if you child is gifted: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gifted-kids/201105/is-your-child-gifted-what-look-and-why-you-should-know

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Posted on 06/10/2015

Thanks @Wintermemories!

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Posted on 16/09/2015

MoE puts it as Special Educational Needs (SEN)

A child is considered to have SEN when these three condi- tions are present:
Firstly, he has been diagnosed with a disability.
Secondly, he shows greater difficulty in learning as com- pared to the majority of his peers of the same age (e.g. difficulties in his social, language, academic or physical abilities).
Thirdly, he requires different or additional resources be- yond what is generally available for the majority of his peers of the same age.
Compared to his peers, a child with SEN finds it more dif- ficult to learn or to adapt socially. He may have difficulties:
• Doing school work
• Reading and writing
• Communicating with others
• Making friends
• Behaving appropriately in the presence of others
• Learning in school due to limitations in sight, hear- ing or physical mobility

http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/special-education/files/parents-guide-children-special-educational-needs.pdf

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