Special needs are very common amongst children but some are not diagnosed for some time. There are signs and symptoms that can lead parents to know that their child needs further medical investigation. Some children diagnosed with a developmental delay and varying degrees of learning disabilities need further support for both themselves and their family.
All children with disabilities and children with special needs have a constitutional right to free primary education. Children with special educational needs have the right to free primary education up to age 18. In the Irish Constitution there is information about the role of the State in providing education and the rights of parents. Many children with disabilities or special needs are in regular classes in mainstream schools. They may get help from learning and care support from special needs assistants (SNAs).
It can be challenging for parents and distressing at times for your child, however holding a vision with a positive outlook armed with the knowledge that information and support is available provides some relief. There are many recognised services available that can lead to the pursuit of happy children and supported families.