“Special Needs” is an umbrella underneath which a staggering array of diagnoses can be wedged. Children with special needs may have mild learning disabilities or profound mental retardation; food allergies or terminal illness;

About three percent of all children across the world are ‘special’. They arrive on the earth with their unique gifts but mainstream life has little time for them and considers them a problem. It is the mother who first senses if her child is unusual. While physical debilities become reasonably obvious, identifying those that we have learnt to call ‘special’, is a task strewn with many barriers.

No clinical tests exist to diagnose different mental builds. Over time, these differences need to be ‘inferred’. A few among them, like those with Down’s syndrome are easier to pick. When it comes to autism however, diagnosis gets complex, because autism spans a wide spectrum. For a long time, these special children in India were denied their special needs because of adult ignorance, social taboos, parental embarrassment and lack of ‘specialists’. In the last 3 decades however, India has mobilized itself in its own incremental way to address the requirements of these special citizens with its ‘special schools’.

Special children suffer from different special disabilities like autistic disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy, mental retardation, traumatic brain injury and visual impairments. Not all children are alike as our fingers differ from their sizes and forms.  Not only does each finger play its own role to make a hand functional but each serves for the wholeness of the hand. Understanding what these special have been going through and putting ourselves in their shoes is the first step towards caring these special children.

Respect these special children as we respect other normal children but do not spoil them.  Doing so will just aggravate their condition. Disciplining the special need children requires much planning. The care giver should develop a plan of action before a behavioral incident occurs. Special needs children may have unusual behavioral triggers, so it is important to know your child well and to be flexible in your approach. Patience and consistency are very important in discipline the special need children. Disciplining should be executed through proper communication. The parent or caregiver should communicate clearly to make the child understand. The child specialist or therapist should also be consulted on a regular basis to design customized programs to fit the child’s needsPsychology Articles, skills and developmental level.

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Today's #BridgesCares story is about giving back to your community and making a difference. It was a fun-filled day as @BridgesofIndiana staff attended the Kindness Act awards at @HoosierPrairie Elementary! 
The first recipients of the Kindness Act awards from Hoosier Prarie went to the Halstead brothers who raised $500 for the school's backpack program. Bridges of Indiana matched their donation and we couldn't be more proud to show our support. 
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20181212_142027 dot jpgThis week's story of #BridgesCares is brought to you by Bridges of Wyoming! Cliff has made such huge strides in his health. Since coming to Bridges he has lost a whopping 56 pounds! Cliff and his staff Aaron and Terri work very hard on helping Cliff to learn proper nutrition and portion control. Cliff's team including his Case Manager and Guardian are so very proud of him for all of his hard work and making such a great lifestyle change. We even received a call from his Doctor that has seen Cliff for the last five years and stated that he has never seen Cliff in such a healthy state. He was very impressed with how well the staff have helped Cliff, and with how much Cliff has made this positive change. Cliff very excited to continue with his health journey. Great job Cliff! we are very proud of you!A friendly reminder this holiday season! 📷: @thesundaychapterThis week's #BridgesCares story is brought to you by Bridges Autism Therapies. Last week, we had Farmer Joe and his big blue tractor visit our center in Evansville! Why you may wonder? Because one of our littles went on the potty 100% independently! Famer Joe let us climb up inside the tractor, turn the wheels, and rev the engine. Thank you, Farmer Joe! #BridgesCares #BridgesAutismTherapies #EvansvilleDo you follow us on #Twitter? If not, you should!The results of our art competition are in. The winner is our Employee Engagement Manager, Kirstan Kemezy. The organization she chose to donate $100 to is Paws and Think. They are an Indianapolis based organization with a mission to improve people's lives through the power of the human-dog connection. If you are looking for an organization to volunteer with this holiday season, we highly recommend you check out pawsandthink.org to see the available opportunities. We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted in the competition on Facebook. Didn’t see the Facebook post? Be sure to like our FB page today! #BridgesCares #BridgesUS #EmployeeEngagementCongrats Kalin on a huge accomplishment! Post credit: @sbnationHappy Thanksgiving from Bridges US and Bridges Autism Therapies! What are you most looking forward to today? #Thanksgiving2018 #Thanksgiving #BridgesUS #BridgesAutismTherapiesThis week's story for our #BridgesCares was submitted by Bridges of Wyoming!

Erin came to Bridges a little over three months ago. When Erin came into services, she had been bedridden and had not walked for over a year! In this short time, she has worked with her staff Kayla, Maygan, and Calla along with the rest of the team she has begun walking again.

Erin is now able to walk around her home, to and from the vehicle, and she has a wonderful goal to be able to go up and down the stairs at her daughter's house for Thanksgiving! We know with all of her hard work and perseverance she is sure to succeed! 
Erin has also started a wonderful garden at her home and enjoys all of her fresh food and the time she can now spend outdoors! #BridgesCares #BridgesofWyoming #Thanksgiving