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  1. the special educational requirements of those with learning difficulties, emotional or behavioral problems, or physical disabilities.
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special needs

special educational needs

pl n
    1. the educational requirements of pupils or students suffering from any of a wide range of physical disabilities, medical conditions, intellectual difficulties, or emotional problems, including deafness, blindness, dyslexia, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems
    2. (as modifier)special-needs teachers
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