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Special Needs vs Developmentally Delayed

Are the following terms the same thing? Do they refer to the same meaning? I am not trying to be offensive, I honestly want to know.

I am pretty sure my son is developmentally delayed.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:42 AM on Jul. 6, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • Developmentally delayed would be a special need. Kind of like, a labrador is a dog, but dogs are not all labradors. Not all special needs are developmental delays.

    Answer by Petie at 11:00 AM on Jul. 6, 2009

  • My kids have developmental delays and are "labeled" as "special needs" because they need services to help them cope with or get caught up from their delays.

    I like Petie's analogy....Yes...developmental delays are special needs, but not all special needs are developmental delays.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 10:08 AM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • 2 of my children had developmental delays and were considered 'special needs' as they needed therapy and early childhood intervention to help them. My oldest is a special needs- he is on the Autism Spectrum.

    Answer by MizLee at 10:48 AM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Petie hit the nail on the head. I have a special need child but he is not developmentally delayed.

    Answer by darcibeisheim at 3:12 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Yep, it was said perfectly by Petie... My son is developmentally disabled, which is one of his many special needs. That's why schools have many different special education classrooms or programs, to accomodate many different types of special needs. :)

    Answer by Elyssa414 at 8:52 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

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