Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Definition of Special Needs

You child has been diagnosed as having “special needs.” What does this mean? 

Children with special needs are those who have, or who are at increased risk, for a persistent physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition, and who require services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. (Merle McPherson, MD, Pediatrics, July 1998)

Why is your child different than other children? 

Your child is no different than any other child, except that he or she needs the right tools to achieve a life of quality and satisfaction, and to be fully included in your community.

If you feel isolated, you are not alone. 

Nine million American children under 18, about 13 percent, have a special health care need (Safe Kids Worldwide). Children with special needs are more like other children than unlike them. All children need to be cared for, loved and supported.

Don’t forget, take one day at a time. Don’t let one day overpower you. Write down your thoughts and share them with others. Find a support group, Write  blog, and here I am...

(Oakland Children's Hospital and Research Center)

So much to write about, so little time. I promise to be back really soon to fill you in on the last two months.
In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of our little snug bug.