I believe that of the millions of young children who are diagnosed with a learning disability, only a few receive the full scope of assistance that they need in order to grow and succeed. Despite the advances our society has made when it comes to special education and offering resources to special needs children, I still believe that society is falling short of operating at its greatest potential to aid those with learning disabilities. I also feel that our culture devalues the important role that family support plays in the lives of these children.
It is not only the responsibility of teachers and health care workers to help these children to thrive and be successful. While it does take a mental toll on the family members, it is important that they are aware of this fact and that they know how and when to recognize that they need to take a step back and care for themselves so that they can in turn be there for their child. I believe that learning disabilities play a much larger role in societal and family structure that is recognized.
It will only be with an insight and awareness to the fact of this matter that society will be able to reach its full capability in providing the highest quality care for children with learning disabilities. In today’s world there is a serious stigma against learning disabilities and any form of mental illness. Because of the nature of our culture, many times families are embarrassed or in severe denial about the fact that their child has a learning disability. More often than not this leads to a delay in seeking treatment and assistance for their child. In the end this not only negatively affects the child, but the family as a whole.
Putting off treatment for a learning disabled child makes for a very frustrating home life when it comes to communicating with the child and having them miss the appropriate milestones for their age. Ignoring the issues can make learning extremely challenging for the child once they finally do get help. I think that society as a whole needs to be more educated on the fact that while many times families will be in denial, it will make things more difficult for them in the long run by delaying treatment. They should know that they should have their child assessed at the very first sign that there may be an issue just as a precautionary measure.
Learning disabilities are not something that people just grow out of. With the proper tools and instruction children who are diagnosed with a disability can have a much less frustrating learning experience, as well as their families. As a future nurse, I see the value of patient education on a daily basis. I also see the effects that caregiver strain has on family members. I think that in families where there is a learning disabled child treatment of the family is just as, if not more important than treatment for the child.
It is only through educating the parents of learning disabled children that they will have the knowledge to seek treatment for themselves. If the parents are unable to fully be mentally present for their disabled child, both the parents and the child suffer. Many people view the services that their children receive in school as their main treatment. What people do not realize is that these children are in their home more than they are in school. While in-school programs provide a rigorous specialized curriculum, the majority of the child’s time is spent in their home environment.
This is why I believe it is so important for a healthy home environment to be in place for children with learning disabilities. I believe that it is up to our society to provide each other with the tools and education needed to help children with learning disabilities reach their greatest potential. I do not see there to be any reason as to why there is still such a social stigma against learning disabilities and mental illness in the world today when the number of people with such diagnoses is higher than it has ever been. I hope that in my future career in health care I can help to implement change in this sector of medicine.