Intellectual Disability

Intellectual disability is defined by below-average intelligence or mental ability and a lack of skills necessary for day-to-day living. A child diagnosed with an intellectual disability can learn new skills, but they typically learn them more slowly. There are varying degrees of intellectual disability, from mild to profound. While there are many interventions for those with an intellectual disability, mostly focused on educations and life skills, mental health is sometimes overlooked. Research shows individuals who have an intellectual disability have a higher risk of mental health concerns, including depression and suicidal ideation. If you, a child in your care, or a family member has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability and is experiencing mental health issues, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today.

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I worked as a Direct Support Professional (also known as a Direct Care Specialist) where I would provide in-home care for individuals with developmental disabilities. I have worked with individuals of all ages and abilities. Some examples include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and Down Syndrome. I also have experience working with non-verbal individuals.

— Madeline Mansfield, Student Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO
 

I have personal experience with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), having family members who face these issues, as well as being involved in this community. I have experience working with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and more. Working with the families of individuals facing IDD to help manage the stress that may come with managing these disabilities, as well as anticipatory grief, and strategies for self-care.

— Sam Jamili, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Westminster, CO

There is so often a lack of resources for individuals who have intellectual disabilities are seeking an informed therapist who understand their unique needs. I have over 14 years of experience working with individuals who have disabilities. In therapy, interventions are adapted to the individual needs of the person and their support systems.

— Amber Priestley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Woodbury, MN