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Learning Disabilities: The Impact On The Family

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Life is an ever-changing structure as beings naturally grow to new levels. Development in the respective physical and mental capacities is an important aspect for humans. People typically form in a cycle that is customary to their specific cultural norm, through the developmental approach. However, there is a large part of the population that deviates for the average development of a person. Deviations can form from many different ranges of physical and mental disabilities. In studying disabilities, researchers were able to identify the characteristics, causation, diagnosis, intervention and treatment for those who have different needs. A learning disability is a neurological disorder that causes the individual to seek additional assistance in reaching their full potential. When a child is diagnosed with a learning disability, the child’s life is altered from the original plan that their parents have for them. The family of the child with a learning disability must adapt to fit their child or sibling’s needs. There is a difference for mothers and fathers as they assume their new lives. No one expects for his or her loved one to have a disability but through natural and formal support the individual can have a full life that meets his or her level of development. It is a difficult time of adjustment for the child but the family also feels the impact of the child’s new life. There are stages that a family goes through as they come to terms with this adaptation. The family must take on new roles of support by working with the community and the child’s school to accommodate the child’s unique strengths. Everyone who is involved must take on more responsibilities while still maintaining the family structure.
Disabilities have an attached stigmatism as being wrong since there is the fear of the unknown. As time has progressed, people have tried to move away from this uninformed idea. A disability does not define a person nor does it set limitations on their achievements. However, it is a change for a parent, which causes he or she to go through a reactive cycle. The cycle of emotions is based on the stages of grief. In a sense, a parent must grieve the loss of the ideal life that they planned for their child. These stages consist of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. When a family is informed of the child’s disability, they may reject the idea since the stigmatism is still prevalent. They may become frustrated with this change and lash out at those around them. In a last attempt to “fix” the disability, the family may seek different support systems, to “rectify” the issue. The family members may also feel alone in this time of transition because they are each facing different challenges. Eventually, the family is able to see past the disability and work toward helping the child (Thorz Dawson, 2013). In the case of a learning disability, it is less visible than other disabilities. LDs are a heterogeneous group of disabilities that...

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