Friends of Children with Special Needs

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18.5% of American Children under age 18 are Special Needs Children. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t smart, talented or capable. Just that they have specific challenges that a “normal” student would not face.

There are four major types of special needs children:

  • Physical – muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, chronic asthma, epilepsy, etc.
  • Developmental – down syndrome, autism, dyslexia, processing disorders
  • Behavioral/Emotional – ADD, bi-polar, oppositional defiance disorder, etc.
  • Sensory Impaired – Blind, visually impaired, deaf, limited hearing

Is your child being treated humanely? Know your rights.
Whether you already know or just believe your child may have special medical needs, finding the proper medical professional greatly enhances your ability to care for your child. Consider location if your child will need regular visits, you don’t want to have to drive for hours to see a specialist. You want someone non-threatening who is understanding and able to accommodate special needs. Larger medical practices may have more experience in expediting insurance procedures or advocating for your child. Your doctor needs to be available to you when notes to school and other information is needed. Perhaps, most important is quality of service. Every doctor is different and their knowledge of your child’s special needs may be different. Don’t hesitate to schedule a short “meet and greet” to get to know a doctor first.

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