special needs

plural noun

Definition of special needs

:any of various difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or learning disability or impairment) that causes an individual to require additional or specialized services or accommodations (such as in education or recreation)
  • students with special needs

special-needs

or special needs adjective
    • special-needs children
    • a special needs teacher

First Known Use of special needs

1899


SPECIAL NEEDS Defined for English Language Learners

special needs

noun

Definition of special needs for English Language Learners

  • : mental, emotional, or physical problems in a child that require a special setting for education


Medical Dictionary

special needs

noun plural

medical Definition of special needs

:the individual requirements (as for education) of a person with a disadvantaged background or a mental, emotional, or physical disability or a high risk of developing one
  • Some urban homeschooled kids, particularly those with special needs, were previously enrolled in school but not served well there.
  • —Linda PerlsteinNewsweek6 Feb. 2012

special-needs

adjective
    • special-needs students

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