Today we are seeing an ever increasing number of children being diagnosed with a “Special Need.” Diagnoses may be classified as a developmental disability, cognitive impairment (intellectual disability), learning disability, or a combination thereof. Current statistics tell us that over 3 million school-aged children have been diagnosed as having a learning disability and are receiving special education services in their school. Currently the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, Autism, Epilepsy and many other disabilities are on the rise. As a community of faith and advocates for children, we are called to become aware and to always act with compassion, keeping the dignity of each individual child a priority. Swift action regarding concerns about a child’s well being helps one to grow in knowledge and to become more at peace with the over-whelming nature of special needs. Undoubtedly, walking hand-in-hand with Jesus Christ will make the journey into the world needs one of trust and faith!
Children with a special need want to be treated like all their peers and desire full inclusion whenever possible.
Parents and children with special needs are most often wonderful advocates for their child. They desire support and understanding from all those involved in their child’s life. There are federal laws that help provide special educations services, as well as other services, for children with a special need.
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