Also try to be helpful if you know someone with special needs. Ask if they would like help with carrying their books or opening a door. Ask them to join you and your friends at lunch. It's important not to be "overly helpful" when no help is needed. Why? Because just like you, kids with special needs like to be as independent as they can be.
Being friendly to kids with special needs is one of the best ways to be helpful. As you get to know them, they may help you understand what it's like to be in their shoes. And you'll be helping fill a very special need, one that everybody has — the need for good friends.
Movement!® is a holistic gross motor program that has helped hundreds of children with special needs revisit the fundamentals of moving, socially interacting, and being creative. Originally created and implemented at the Positive Education Program in Ohio, Movement! has proven effective for children across a wide range of challenges including autism, ADHD, hyperactivity and developmental delays. It is one of the first developmental group motor curricula for kids with special needs implemented in North America.
You might be able to spot a few kids with special needs, but you probably don't notice all of them. A kid could have a problem that isn't noticeable unless you know the person well. For example, someone could have trouble with anxiety (worry), but you wouldn't know it unless the kid told you about it. Privately, their parents, teachers, and counselors may be working to help them worry less.