What Does

Special Needs Mean?

Terms like special needs and disabilities can mean many things and cover a broad area. Every child is unique, but special needs conditions are generally classified as being in one of these groups.

  • Behavioral: Children with behavior issues may have difficulties in traditional learning situations, can have big emotions and exhibit behavior not necessarily appropriate to a situation. Examples include attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).


  • Developmental: These include delays or differing patterns of development in the areas of communication/language, motor skills, problem-solving or social and adaptive behavior. Children with developmental issues may hit typical milestones later than their peers.


  • Learning Disabilities: These can affect the ability to understand or use spoken or written language, do mathematical calculations, coordinate movements, or direct attention, regardless of their intellectual ability. Examples include dyslexia and auditory processing disorder (APD).


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A complex developmental condition that can include restrictive or repetitive behaviors, challenges in social interaction, speech delays and nonverbal communication. The autism spectrum covers a wide area and kids with ASD might have very different needs.


  • Physical/Medical: These may include conditions like cancer, heart defects, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis. Chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes fall into this category, as do congenital conditions like cerebral palsy, and health concerns like food allergies and obesity.

Each of these areas has a wide array of specific conditions, and some children may express elements from more than one area. The important thing is to be able to recognize your child’s specific challenges and needs and identify the right interventions and therapies to help them. 

Once your child has received a diagnosis, Mountain Summit Consulting can help point you in the right direction so your child can receive the support they need.

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As the parent of an autisic son, I understand what it is like to feel overwhelmed, alone and lost after receiving a special needs diagnosis. It’s an emotional and logistically difficult path and families shouldn’t have to go it alone. I’m here to make your life easier and to give you the benefit of what I’ve learned along the way. 

Children with

Special Needs / Disabilities

When you find out your child has a disability, it can be hard to know where to start. You’re faced with tough decisions, like choosing a provider and figuring out how to pay for everything. That’s where I come in. I want to help make your life just a little easier by doing the research for you. I can help you find the right providers and point you to state, federal and private programs that may provide additional support.

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