Every special needs child is unique and amazing in their own right, but they’re facing some extra challenges that a lot of children never have to face. Special needs children can manage a great many of these additional challenges with help from you, their medical team, and often from pediatric home health care services as well. There are so many different types of special needs, and many of them can overlap, creating even bigger challenges for children who are already dealing with so much.
Developmental disabilities include a variety of different conditions. This category includes conditions like Down syndrome, cognitive disorders present from birth, autism, and learning disabilities. Children with developmental disabilities may be able to handle some tasks on their own, or with a bit of assistance. Some children with developmental disabilities will need assistance for the rest of their lives.
Behavioral or Emotional Needs
Behavioral or emotional disabilities can include some conditions that are a little more difficult to diagnose until your child is a little older, usually in school. These types of conditions can include oppositional defiance disorder, ADHD, and other psychological conditions. Some of these conditions can be helped with medications as well as a combination of therapies.
Physical disabilities can include conditions your child develops as she grows older or that she is born with, including muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, and others. These conditions may create mobility concerns for your child as well as affecting her on a developmental level. Having help managing these health conditions can help immensely, especially when you’ve never dealt with these types of issues in the past.
Sensory impairments are any types of conditions that hinder your child’s ability to use any of her senses, such as being blind or having reduced vision or being deaf. Occupational therapy can help to teach your child how to use tools to help to compensate for these conditions, like learning to use a white cane or learning Braille or learning how to read lips and use sign language.
Pediatric home health care services can help you to have the right help for your special needs child. Your child’s care plan might encompass multiple categories above to make sure that she has the help and the services that best meet her needs. As her needs change over time and as her abilities change, so too will her care plan.