Definition of special needs in English:

special needs

plural noun

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

    ‘the absorption of children with special needs into mainstream schools’
    as modifier ‘special needs classes’
    • ‘In the Athen's school system, Michael was identified as a special needs ' child and was in the E.S.L. program.’
    • ‘She manages a large studio, teaches special needs children and directs her church choir.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She helps special needs children in her private practice.’
    • ‘A third of the children in our school are on the special needs register, so they have a lot of issues anyway.’
    • ‘It makes money by teaching children with special needs and by running charter public schools.’
    • ‘There once was a boarding school couple at Riverview, a school for teens with special needs, located on Cape Cod.’
    • ‘Bonnah involved the relocation of a student with special needs from the traditional school system to one better equipped to deal with his needs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Teachers often try to deal with this by offering special needs classes.’

Pronunciation

special needs