Intellectual Disabilities

Presented by Lara Head, Ph.D.

Lecture Unit Learning Objectives:

  1. Changes in terminology and definitions for intellectual impairment, as well as their associated limitations and benefits
  2. Causes of intellectual disabilities
  3. Different systems of diagnosing intellectual disabilities: AAIDD and DSM IV
  4. Prevalence rates of intellectual disabilities in Wisconsin and other states
  5. Demographics of persons with intellectual disabilities
  6. Other impairments associated with intellectual disabilities
  7. Characteristics of mild, moderate, severe and profound intellectual disability
  8. Assessment: cognitive ability and adaptive behavior
  9. Issues in assessing persons with intellectual disabilities
  10. Future directions in intellectual disability
  11. Resources on intellectual disability

NOTE: Please refer to the Intellectual Disability postings on Learn@UW for updated information regarding definitions and changes in criteria from DSM IV to DSM V.

Part I

Unit 1 - Terminology and Classification
Unit 2 - 2002 AAIDD System of Defining Intellectual Disability
Unit 3 - DSM IV
Unit 4 - Characteristics of those with Intellectual Disabilities
Unit 5 - Profiles of Intellectual Disability
Unit 6 - Assessment
Unit 7 - Implications of Change in Perception of Intellectual Disability
Unit 8 - Future Directions and Resources

Part I transcript
Part I slides

Part II

Unit 1 - Supports Intensity Scale
Unit 2 - Clinical Assessments
Unit 3 - Advocacy: Approaching the Professional Community for Assessment

Part II transcript
Part II slides

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