‘Spectrum’ of Special Needs
As you no doubt have already figured out, there is a wide, even diverse gamut of conditions that can affect children, young adults, and their families. SO … what I will do here is put this information into language that will make it easier to get our heads around the sometimes mind-boggling array of disorders or as some still say … disabilities.
Your Feelings ARE important
It is really important to me that as you do your research you keep in mind that some internet entries can be vague, overly-simplified, even insincere or shallow. This can be pretty hurtful. I will strive to be sensitive to what you may be handling and encourage you to look at things that sting with the understanding that as your knowledge grows you won’t feel like the ‘rug has been pulled from under you’ and ‘the wind sucked out of your sails’. I don’t want that for you.
If at any time I have neglected to honor you drop me line so I can try and resolve that concern. You may not find your specific condition’s information here as what I want to focus on is how to advocate well when the need arises. So when and where a condition becomes relevant to effectively advocate I will get it covered. I believe it is important to get this overview so you can identify all the ways you may need to powerfully advocate for your loved one.
So looking at the big picture, here are the 7 disorder categories that you may be having to understand and manage. Keep in mind that often times there is overlap of one condition with another. For instance, the brain disorder asperger’s syndrome is most certainly a social communication disorder that often times will presents with neurological disorder symptoms like ‘sensory processing’ issues such as finding scratchy clothing maddening or the penchant to scream or melt down at loud noises. This overlap will likely be important when establishing the services you may need!
Overview of Conditions and Challenges
1. Genetic and chromosonal conditions
2. Neurological Disorders
3. Social Communication Disorders and Conditions
4. General Developmental Delays
5. Muscular and Mobility Disorders
6. Nuerocutaneous Disorders
7. Special Education Needs