Children with special needs have a variety of biological challenges that affect their ability to function in the world. Although there are many ways to describe these individual differences, for the purpose of considering how they influence development it is useful to divide them into three types.
Each type of challenge makes it difficult for the child to relate to and communicate with his parents and caregivers and thus impedes his ability to learn, to respond, and to grow. Therefore, to help a child progress, we must understand how he functions in each of these areas. Once we have pinpointed his specific challenges, we can begin to design treatment programs to ameliorate them.
Even more important, we can help parents and caregivers learn how to work around these challenges to help the child discover his or her unique interests and strengths, learn, relate, and grow.
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