Care for Children with Special Health Needs

Children who have been diagnosed with an illness such as epilepsy, diabetes, or cerebral palsy would be deemed as having special needs. Special needs is a term that often applies to those who would need medicine or other “special” care as they go about day to day tasks. Kids with vision issues may need Braille to read. Speech therapy is also considered a special needs resource for those who have a hard time saying words correctly or clearly. Developmental issues or delayed learning, down syndrome, and other “invisible” illnesses such as depression or anxiety can also be considered special needs. An important thing to remember is that children with special needs are not different from children who do not have special needs. They all wish to feel loved and appreciated and express independence.

What is life like for a child with special care needs?

Life can be extremely challenging for a child with special needs. It can be harder to perform everyday activities including learning to read or, in the case of physical handicaps, getting around at school or home. Fortunately, parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, therapists, and others can all assist to make things a bit easier for those with special needs. The goal is to assist these children in becoming as independent as possible.

What can the office help with?

The office can work with patients and parents to assist with:

  • Bullying
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental issues
  • ADHD
  • Habit disorders
  • Delayed development
  • Dyslexia
  • Writing difficulties
  • Math disorders and other school-related learning problems

The office also provides on-site mental health services. These important tools can help patients with special needs get the treatment they need with the help of an expert psychotherapist. For more information, schedule a consultation with one of the pediatric nurse practitioners. With the wide array of services offered at the practice, every patient is sure to get the care they need.