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Overview

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.

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How effective is Family Therapy for SLD?

Family therapy is effective in helping family members become aware of the negative interactional patterns that affect the child with SLD as well as other members of the family and changing these in order to reinforce and strengthen bonds between family members.

What are the benefits of Family Therapy for SLD?

Family therapy is beneficial in many ways when a child has SLD –

  • It helps diagnose SLD,
  • It helps psycho-educate the family regarding SLD,
  • It helps work with the emotional issues of the child and other family members,
  • It helps strengthen bonds in the family,
  • It helps parents set realistic expectations for their child’s improvement with SLD,
  • It helps family members become aware of the unhealthy family dynamics and learn strategies to correct them.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of sessions differs according to each family’s unique challenges and response to family therapy sessions.