M&L Special Needs Planning Educates Families On What It Means To Be A Person With Special Needs

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Company website provides discussion of the designation “special needs” and offers suggestions on how to cope when your child or family member is diagnosed with a disability.

Special Needs Planning, Finances, Housing
M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC works to help families acquire the information, resources and tools needed to plan for the future of their family members with special needs.

The staff of M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC, are often asked a tough question: what does it mean to be a special needs child or a special needs adult?

The company provides a detailed discussion on their website to answer this question and provide helpful insights. According to these discussions the special needs planning company, located in Washington, D.C., states that “special needs” is a catch-all phrase that can refer to a vast array of diagnoses and/or disabilities. Individuals with special needs may have been born with a syndrome, terminal illness, profound cognitive impairment, or serious psychiatric problems. Other individuals may have special needs that involve struggling with learning disabilities, food allergies, developmental delays, or panic attacks. In some cases it can refer to the accessibility needs of adults with physical disabilities, or a combination of intellectual, physical, and educational disabilities of a person of any age. The company discusses what it means for adults and children to be diagnosed with “special needs”.

Children with Special Needs
For children, the term special needs can mean many things. A child with special needs may have learning disabilities, speech problems, or behavioral disorders that can be identified and addressed during school years. Special needs may also refer to long-term conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida, which can impact the way an individual lives his or her life. Children with these types of special needs may need life long support and guidance.

Regardless of the specific diagnoses, every child with special needs will need extra support, guidance and possibly medical treatment to ensure that the child reaches his or her full potential. Early intervention services for children with special needs are crucial to ensuring that your child has the best possible start in life– these services are offered through programs designed to identify the developmental stages that your child has reached, and provide the necessary supports and services that your child needs to reach developmental milestones. Early Intervention services are available in every state and are free for children up to the age of 2 years. For more information on early intervention services, please visit http://www.earlyinterventionsupport.com.

Adults with Special Needs
In many cases, adults with special needs have been diagnosed as such since childhood. For adults, the term “special needs” still acts as a general, catch-all phrase. Typically, however, an adult with a diagnosis of special needs has a long-term medical, intellectual, developmental or physical condition.

Adults who have been diagnosed with special needs since childhood may have been on the receiving end of many types of supports – he or she may have taken part in early intervention services, have had extra educational support and guidance during primary, elementary, and junior school years, and have been involved in transitioning services in high school. When the individual reaches adulthood, however, the support and guidance that he or she receives will change. Adults with special needs face shifting priorities; issues such as housing, financial support, employment, socialization may need to be addressed.

As the individual’s priorities change, the supports and services the individual receives change as well. Adults with special needs may receive guidance and supports to help them access appropriate housing and to ensure that they live with the utmost autonomy; supported living and community based supports may offer those services. The individual may access vocational rehabilitation and supported employment services to help find, obtain and keep a job; respite workers and supportive living supports may be in place to help the individual complete daily tasks and errands.

Some adults with special needs may live independently, with family members, or in group homes, intentional communities, with a foster family, etc. (For more examples of the different housing options available to adults with special needs, please visit our blog post Housing Options for Individuals with Disabilities: A Discussion.) Some adults with special needs may lead independent, active lifestyles, while others may rely more heavily on the support of family, friends, and community based services. However the individual chooses to live, he or she may still need support, guidance, and medical treatment to ensure that the individual lives an independent, fulfilling, healthy life.
Coping with a Special Needs Diagnosis

Many people often react to a diagnosis of special needs with shock, anger, feelings of loss, and denial – emotions commonly associated with grief. Experts suggest that that this reaction is common, and recommend that individuals take time to process and deal with these emotions in a healthy way, with the support of family and friends.
After the initial diagnosis, individuals may wish to learn as much as possible about the diagnosis; reaching out to medical professionals, support groups, special needs organizations and members of the special needs community may be helpful during this time. They may be valuable sources of information, and will undoubtedly provide the guidance and support that families need in the early stages of diagnosis.

M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC works to help families acquire the information, resources and tools needed to plan for the future of their family members with special needs. Through discussion and analysis of issues relevant to those individuals with special needs, these certified financial planners strive to educate families and help them better plan for their financial future. Those wishing to read more about housing options for individuals with disabilities can visit the M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC website and are encouraged to contact them for more information

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