Anybody who has a child with a language struggle, whether their childis 18 months old, 18 years old or 60 years old, knows thatcommunication difficulties can cause a child to be lonely, frustratedand often result in the child getting in to lots of trouble. Manychildren with a learning difficulty end up being excluded from schoolor, at the very least, not thriving in life.
The BBC recently reported that, “children with a serious languageimpairment can grow up lonely, frustrated and in trouble. ManchesterUniversity researchers are trying to find out how to make them swim, notsink.”
Thereis lots of focus on the child with the language delay, but having achild with these types of struggles often results in parents andsiblings of the child becoming very lonely and frustrated.
It can resultin a whole host of relational problems within the family, which is whysupporting the whole family unit as well as teaching the child with thestruggles all they need to thrive, is absolutely essential.
There are so many ways that this can be offered, from counselling orbehavioural therapy through to outings, practical support or teammeetings. We have found the key is to tailor support specifically to thefamily. We have especially found that sessions in the family home canbe the most helpful for siblings, as is giving siblings a specific rolein the teaching of the development of language for the child with thestruggle.