Trauma Informed Care for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities
Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) experience abuse, neglect, institutionalization, restraint and seclusion, abandonment, bullying and other forms of maltreatment at higher rates than the general population. “Trauma-informed care” refers to the ability of care providers to recognize the impact of past trauma on a child’s development and behavior, and appreciate the significance of trauma histories for the populations they serve. Failure to recognize the role of trauma in the challenging behavior exhibited by some children with IDD, and incorporate trauma-informed practices into their treatment, can actually exacerbate past trauma or cause new trauma compromising their ability to meet their potential.
This initiative includes the development of a comprehensive toolkit addressing trauma-informed care for children with IDD and has been developed in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Phase 1: Training and Technical Assistance
The first phase of this project provided two years of training and technical assistance for staff at state supported living centers in San Angelo and Mexia as well as community-based providers that serve individuals with IDD. The training and technical assistance was provided by Karyn Harvey, Ph.D. with the Arc of Baltimore, and Laura Buckner, Texas Center for Disability Studies. The training focused on trauma-informed care and person-centered practices.
Phase 2: Development of Curriculum
The second phase of this initiative includes the development of a comprehensive curriculum/toolkit addressing trauma-informed care for children with IDD and developed in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.