We want to help children (and by extension their families) to build resiliency and develop an ability to self-manage their emotions, responses and anxieties. This is important for any child that has a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) as they will have many more difficulties to face than the ‘average’ child. For children with severe SLDs, such as the children who attend our school and those we assess, the difficulties are even more challenging. We aim to provide children with strategies that enable them to live happily, participate socially with their peers, and achieve academically in mainstream schools. Improving their literacy and numeracy is only part of the solution. Seabrook McKenzie provides a full intervention that meets the needs of each individual through Psychological Support, which is provided here at Seabrook McKenzie by Rebecca and Samantha.
Not only do the children need support but their parents as well. Parents coping with a diagnosis of Specific Learning Disability for their child go through a similar grieving process as parents of children with intellectual or physical disabilities. The parents of these children, who may have suffered years of not understanding and maybe not liking their child, also need help. Children with SLDs often have high anxiety levels and behavioural problems borne of their frustration at not being able to learn or communicate or ‘be the same as everyone else’. There are very particular problems and emotions that accompany a diagnosis of SLD and having psychologists with a specialty in Child and Family psychology to help is enormously beneficial for these families.