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.
I have a minor in special education and I have worked with this population in various capacities for a decade. There is a large gap between mental health services and I/DD services that I hope to bridge. I’ve seen people with I/DD who could use someone who is there purely for support and to help them to love themselves more. I’ve seen more than a few parents and caregivers who could use that same support.— Haley Britton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC
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
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
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
Completed professional and clinical training exclusively with disabled/neurodivergent communities, including autism, ADHD, and intellectual disability. Clinical Social Work internship with Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and completion of Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental & Other Related Disorders (LEND) program. Current employment with Neurodiversity Empowerment Services providing therapeutic support to individuals, groups, and families.— Bailey Woodruff, Psychotherapist in , NC
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