Unfortunately, it is still common to ignore or overlook the different mental health needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is because disabilities often overshadow mental health conditions. Hence, when looking at IDD, we must consider using a trauma-informed lens. When creating a niche for people with this condition, consultants recommend that trauma must also be addressed.
Behavioral group homes can help people recover from traumatic experiences while administering a proper management plan that addresses their intellectual and developmental disabilities. To be an effective home for these individuals, trauma recognition must be done so that treatment will not worsen it. Interventions that are designed to encourage people to simply get what they want wouldn’t work for individuals with IDD because their behavior is often an expression of emotion rather than a manipulative effort. In turn, this approach can make the trauma and the corresponding behavior worse.
Many people with IDD are minimally verbal or cannot appropriately express their emotions. Instead, they use behavior to communicate their emotions. Thus, a complete focus on IDD is not recommended as treatment often misses the actual emotional issue. Our consulting firm in Arizona can help you with ways and means on how to create an effective approach for these individuals.
For trauma recovery and healing for persons with IDD, addressing the unresolved trauma must first take place. To know more, call Consulting Experts LLC and avail of our consulting services in Phoenix, Arizona so that your behavioral home will know where to start.