When a child has a Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
, it does not affect only his/ her grades in school. It can have a deeper impact on the child’s emotional well-being and can spill over into other areas of their life including school, family and friendship. Moreover, they may find themselves comparing with others’ academic skills and feeling not good enough, be discouraged to complete their homework which may take them longer than other students, be labelled negatively by parents who do not understand the difficulties they may be facing and thus put rigidly high expectations on them, or may feel excluded from forming peer relationships. This is why family intervention could play a crucial role in helping a child cope with and gradually improve upon his/ her SLD. Family could become the support system that helps the child feel accepted and encourages them to put in the extra efforts required to enhance their learning. Family therapy could also help psycho-educate the family about SLD and help change their interactions from critical and positive and nurturing ones that helps in the healthy development of the child – academically, psychologically, and emotionally.