Definition of special needs in English:

special needs

Pronunciation /ˈspeSHəl nēdz/ /ˈspɛʃəl nidz/

plural noun

  • (in the context of children at school) particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical disability, or emotional and behavioral difficulties.

    ‘the absorption of children with special needs into mainstream schools’
    as modifier ‘special needs classes’
    • ‘Bonnah involved the relocation of a student with special needs from the traditional school system to one better equipped to deal with his needs.’
    • ‘There once was a boarding school couple at Riverview, a school for teens with special needs, located on Cape Cod.’
    • ‘It makes money by teaching children with special needs and by running charter public schools.’
    • ‘After some deliberation it was agreed that it would probably be best for her to be transferred to a school for children with special needs.’
    • ‘A third of the children in our school are on the special needs register, so they have a lot of issues anyway.’
    • ‘Despite having large numbers of special needs children, many New Zealand state schools can't get the funding they require to make a difference in the classroom.’
    • ‘In the Athen's school system, Michael was identified as a special needs ' child and was in the E.S.L. program.’
    • ‘Teachers often try to deal with this by offering special needs classes.’
    • ‘She helps special needs children in her private practice.’
    • ‘She manages a large studio, teaches special needs children and directs her church choir.’


special needs

/ˈspeSHəl nēdz/ /ˈspɛʃəl nidz/