Although it is generally a term used to describe people from many walks of life, special needs can cover several learning difficulties, which can range from minor to more major learning difficulties and autistic disorders that may need the knowledge of several to treat just one person.
What falls under the category of special needs?
For children, being deemed as special needs does not automatically mean they require special equipment for them to have the required level of learning as that of able-bodied children. Children with eating disorders or those who have an occasional panic attack, are examples of minor forms of this but, then again, they may have severe learning difficulties or be suffering from a terminal illness.
What is the impact of special needs on family members?
It is generally known that special needs is attributed to a person’s inability to do something which able-bodied people are able to do. Many families often feel that their life has ended prematurely as the person cannot live as rich and rewarding a life.
Can special needs be prevented?
For many, special needs cannot be prevented. Having special needs could be due to a medical condition that is inherited; although some medical conditions can be resolved via surgery, others cannot. Families who have a special needs person in their family need to adapt to their ever changing surroundings and understand that all the person needs to lead a happy life is the love and understanding of their loved ones. They do not need to be regarded with disgust, as this will make the person feel unwanted which, for anybody, will emotionally harm them.
What other types of special needs are there?
As well as having a medical condition that results in the person being categorised as having special needs, there are other forms of special needs which need the knowledge of many to be fully treated. Mental health is one other commonly found form of special needs, and the ones who live alongside those with this condition need to have patience and understanding of the effects this condition can have on their loved one. Not knowing what to do in a particular situation just because they did not bother to research the subject is not a valid reason.
With an increasing number of people being diagnosed with mental health issues, it is recommended that those who find themselves in this predicament should have the full support of their families and friends, as ignorance is certainly not bliss for the many who could also have a learning difficulty and autistic disorder.