Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Framework for Professional Practice

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David Dossetor, Donna White, Lesley Whatson

Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
456 pages
ISBN: 9780980864922

Children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at high risk of co-morbid emotional, behavioural, and psychiatric problems that may further reduce their functional abilities. For the clinicians who support them and their families, meeting the needs of children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health problems is challenging.

In this book, clinicians who work with young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health problems will find a comprehensive framework for how their complex developmental, emotional, and behavioural needs might best be addressed. Relevant biological, developmental, family, educational, social, and cultural factors are integrated. The evolution of developmental sequence is seen as vital to understanding the mental health problems of children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This view informs multi-dimensional assessment of behaviour, and addresses conceptual confusion in defining behaviour problems, developmental disorders (including developmental psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorders), mental disorders, and serious mental illnesses. Evidence-based interventions to promote skill development and mental health in young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are described. A model for how interdisciplinary and multi-agency collaboration and co-ordination might be facilitated is outlined. Parents' perspectives are also presented. Fundamentally, though, this is a book by clinicians, for clinicians.

All clinicians and other professionals who work to improve mental health outcomes and quality of life more generally for young people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities - paediatricians, child psychiatrists, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, behaviour clinicians, counsellors, teachers, agency managers, among others – will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

About the contributors



Donna White


Chapter 1 Aiming for a quality of life: What makes for a 'good enough' life for a child or youth with intellectual disability and their family? - David Dossetor

Chapter 2 A common language for understanding intellectual disability, development, emotions and behaviour - Teena Caithness and Emma Moore

Chapter 3 Structured assessment of mental health problems in children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities - Louise A Ellis and Stewart L Einfeld

Chapter 4 A paediatrician's approach to the assessment of a child with intellectual disability or autism - Joseph Macdessi

Chapter 5 Intellectual disabilities and multicultural issues - Hadia Baassiri and Louisa Carroll


Chapter 6 Breaking the news of diagnosis: Facilitating adjustment and acceptance - Natalie Silove

Chapter 7 Children with developmental disability: Is providing care a burden? - Jacqueline Small

Chapter 8 Promoting parent readiness for change: A motivational interviewing approach - Lesley Whatson and Wendy Grice

Chapter 9 CBT for carers of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour: Two cases - Cal Paterson

Chapter 10 Brothers and sisters with a disability: Rewarding or challenging? - Jacqueline Small

Chapter 11 Understanding and responding to challenging behaviour: Valuable contributions from attachment theory - Anders Hansson

Chapter 12 Challenging behaviour and change in intellectual disabilities: Family therapy, families and the wider system - Paul Rhodes and Lesley Whatson

Chapter 13 Parents' perspectives - Louisa Carroll, Kate Tye. Karen Ollerenshaw, Yasemin Esri, and Judy Brewer


Chapter 14 Using a sensory diet to mediate behaviours of concern and to increase children's participation in daily activities - Lucinda Mora and Chris Chapparo

Chapter 15 Communication for life: Promoting communicative competence for mental health and well-being - Donna White

Chapter 16 Building life skills in children with intellectual disabilities - Victoria Grahame

Chapter 17 Developing emotion-based social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability - Belinda J Ratcliffe

Chapter 18 Promoting healthy sexual lives for young people with learning difficulties - Cheryl Jones and Jane Chivers

Chapter 19 Transition: More than an event - Debra Corfield and Kate Brierley


Chapter 20 Mental illness and intellectual disability: The concepts, the evidence and the clinical skills - David Dossetor

Chapter 21 Promoting resolution and safety: A case study example - Lesley Whatson, Debra Corfield and Brett Owens

Chapter 22 Modifications of cognitive behaviour therapy and counselling for individuals with intellectual disabilities - Victoria Grahame

Chapter 23 The regulation of arousal in intellectual disability - Bruce W Chenoweth

Chapter 24 Psychopharmacology: The use of medication to treat challenging behaviour in children and adolescents - Anthony A Zehetner


Chapter 25 A service model for the mental health needs of children and adolescents with intellectual disability - David Dossetor

Chapter 26 A special school community: An inclusive setting for addressing the mental health needs of students with an intellectual disability - Jodie A Caruana, Barbara Fleming, Hebah Saleh, Helen Goltzoff and David Dossetor

Chapter 27 The community clinician and interagency collaboration - Mary Ellen Burke, Meredith A Martin and Garry M Dezilva

Conclusion - David Dossetor