Therapy with Family with Learning Disabled Child

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A Learning Disability (LD) “is a disorder in one or more of basic psychological process involved in understanding or using the language which may manifest in an imperfect ability to think, speak, listen, read , write , spell or conduct mathematical calculations” . (Zastrow, &
Kirst-Ashman, 2007) It involves difficulty in processing information and/ or using this information to communicate. Children with LD currently make up to 6 present of the school- aged population in the United States and about 40 percent of the children enrolled in the special education classes suffer from a learning disability (Zastrow, & Kirst-Ashman, 2007) The diagnosis of LD is usually coming after the child joins the elementary school .The impact of the diagnosis is often shocking to parents and family members, who usually showed mixed feeling range from denial, anger to fear and guilt. One research conducted by Eleanor
Whitehead suggested that parents are usually go through a series of emotions when detecting that their child is suffering from LD (Myers, 2008). These stages include: denial, blame, fear, envy, mourning, bargaining, anger, guilt, isolation, and fight. These stages are unpredictable as some parents may move from one stage to another in a random way; some may skip over stages while others remain in one stage for an expected period (Myers). Some fathers and mothers may also got involved in different stages at the same time (example anger vs. blame or isolation vs. fight).
This may cause deterioration in communication between the couple. Learning disability may also psychologically affect children who suffered from low self- esteem and developed fear of failure because of their inability to learn or do thing the way other children can. This may prevent them from trying new things and opening up to new experiences.
It also may extend…...

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