Additional needs children, special needs and high needs? I personally think these words are used too lightly. A lot of people IRL and on forums say their child is 'high needs' if they are slightly hyper whereas I class it as serious medical conditions. I would class GDD (global development delay) as additional needs as its not a life long thing with additional help. Special needs, I would class as children on the spectrum etc. (my own child has autistic disorder and I hate people saying he has a disability). So what would you class as each?