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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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 was a part of a team at Riverside Community care, where I provided individual therapy for adult clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

— Katherine Stahl, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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

Outside of my career as a mental health counselor, I have worked in Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE) Programs for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) for over 6 years. Making sessions accessible for neurodiverse populations is a passion of mine, and inclusion has been a core value for me throughout my lifetime as a sibling of an individual with a disability. I have experience working with individuals with diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Autism, and ID.

— Claire Hebert, Licensed Professional Counselor in , AL

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