What Does it Mean to Have a Special Needs Child?

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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.

Pediatric Home Health Care Galion OH - What Does it Mean to Have a Special Needs Child?

Pediatric Home Health Care Galion OH – What Does it Mean to Have a Special Needs Child?

Developmental Needs

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 Needs

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

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.

If you are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Galion OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Ontario and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.