special needs

plural noun

Definition of special needs

  1. :  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

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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

  1. :  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 Perlstein, Newsweek, 6 Feb. 2012

special–needs

adjective special-needs students

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