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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The majority of my internship hours were completed by providing Applied Behavioral Analyses (ABA), through Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) to families and caregivers of those with special needs. I trained family members and caregivers on how to best provide support to shape challenging behaviors of their loved one with special needs. I worked with children and adults on the Autism spectrum, as well as a variety of other intellectual disabilities.

— Monique Mouchamel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Northridge,
 

I have experience in working with ID/DD individuals and ASD. I work with individuals and teams to modify traditional treatment interventions/approaches to best serve the individual to manage presenting symptoms that disrupt daily functioning. Clients are treated with integrity and the importance of valuing all abilities.

— Alyssa Avila, Licensed Professional Counselor in New Haven, CT

Cognitive problem solving and crisis intervention group sessions and individually experience with IDD, MH and the elderly population, and those with possible previous addictions attributed to disorders. Participated actively in the clinical treatment planning for individuals under the direct guidance of Psychiatrist and Therapists (Behavioral).

— Tamika Woods, Mental Health Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
 

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 worked with people with intellectual disabilities for 20 years. I love helping people with disabilities discover more about themselves and gain more independence.

— Michelle Stroebel, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Granite Falls, NC