Toolkit for Supporting the Mental Health of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 

 

Infographics

Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Mental Health Challenges in Autistic Students

In the U.S., approximately 2% of youth have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Mental health challenges are much more common among autistic youth. This infographic explores the relationship between autism and mental health risk in school-age youth. 

 

Identifying Anxiety in Autistic Students: Common Symptoms and Considerations 

In the U.S., approximately 2% of youth have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Anxiety disorders are much more common among autistic youth. This infographic displays anxiety symptoms that are commonly experienced by autistic students.

 

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to Support the Mental Health of Autistic Students: An Overview

As many as 50 percent of autistic youth experience anxiety. This brief report discusses best practices in supporting the mental health of autistic students, with an emphasis on school-based treatments for anxiety. 

 

Supporting the Mental Health of Autistic Students

In the U.S., approximately 2% of youth have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Mental health challenges are much more common among autistic youth. This infographic displays how anxiety symptoms make school participation difficult for autistic youth, and evidence-based practices to support anxiety symptoms.

 

Webinars

 

Part I: Supporting the Mental Health of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

This webinar is the first in a two-part series Supporting the Mental Health of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Part I of this series defines intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) and describes signs of mental health challenges in students with IDDs.

 

Part II: Supporting the Mental Health of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

This webinar is the second in a two-part series Supporting the Mental Health of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Part II of this series provides an overview of evidence-based approaches and practices that can be used within schools to support the mental health of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also describes challenges and solutions when implementing these practices in schools.

 

Understanding and Supporting the Behavior of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 

This webinar provides an overview of the reasons that challenging behavior may occur in students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It also provides an overview of strategies that can be used to prevent challenging behaviors in these students, and resources that can provide additional information related to managing challenging behaviors. The two presenters have expertise in supporting students with ASD and behavioral health challenges within school settings.

 


In our products, we choose to use identity first language (i.e., autistic students) in response to the preference of many autistic individuals and in an effort to avoid ableist ideologies. We recognize that this is not the language preference of every individual. For more information on the rationale for our language choice, please see the Bottema-Beutel et al., 2021.