What can be an SLD Emergency situation?
Usually, learning disabilities may not cause an emergency situation but would require special educators and other teams of professionals to devise and implement an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the child to gradually improve their academic skills. However, having an SLD can impact how the child feels about themself and how others respond to them. Moreover, it could be a serious situation if the child is being a victim of abuse or negligence by the caregivers, is at risk of self-harm or other harm, or is acting out or showing other behavioural problems such as aggression in response to frustration or embarrassment, etc.
How can professionals help in an SLD Emergency?
Professionals such as psychologists and psychiatrists can explore the reasons for the child’s behaviours and emotional responses, identify any other mental health disorder if present, and provide therapy (psychologists or therapists) or medications (psychiatrists) to help them overcome or manage the issues.
What can the family do to prevent a learning disability emergency situation?
The family could be aware of any signs of the child reacting emotionally or behaviourally to feelings such as frustration or embarrassment. They could check in with the child to see how they are coping up, to show understanding and compassion, and to ensure they are not being mistreated in school or other areas because of their SLD.
Who to contact in case of an emergency for SLD?
You may contact a psychiatrist or a psychologist in case the child is engaging in self-harm or other harm, a therapist or psychologist if they are having emotional or behavioural issues, or a special educator if they need more support in their learning journey.