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Disabilities Types – How Can Counseling Help?

Disabilities Types – How Can Counseling Help?

Intellectual and developmental disabilities include a wide range of disorders. Some, like Down syndrome, begin before the individual is born. Others, like the Autism spectrum, can have their onset later in life.

Disabilities can affect the individual intellectually, physically, or both.

Some examples of other disabilities are Cerebral palsy, ADHD, Fragile X Syndrome, learning disabilities, seizure disorders, Tourette syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, and sensory processing disorders. Intellectual and developmental disabilities can impact:

  • Intellectual abilities
  • Adaptive living skills
  • Social skills
  • Interactions with the world
  • Performance in school
  • Ability to live independently
  • Practical skills
  • Self-care abilities
  • Communication
  • Future career opportunities

Intellectual and developmental disabilities also have a huge impact on the individual’s family.

The family must adapt to and accommodate the needs of their family member with a disability. Depending on the level of support needed by the individual, a member of the family with a disability can impact day-to-day and long-term future planning. Marriages, finances, sibling relationships, relationships with others, and overall household routines can be impacted. The challenges of having a member with a disability can turn into great blessings when families find the right balance and support for all members.

You may be wondering how can Counseling help? Counseling can help both the individual with a disability and rest of the family in the following ways:

  • Give the individual a place where they have a voice for their desires
  • Help the individual cope with bullying or negative social experiences
  • Build social skills and rewarding friendships
  • Create independent and adaptive living skills
  • Find effective stress management techniques
  • Foster deep, positive relationships with siblings
  • Work closely with school staff to create effective learning environments and positive educational experiences
  • Build parenting skills that fit the need and developmental level of the child
  • Decrease acting-out behaviors
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Help the individual adapt to life stage transitions and changes in his or her environment
  • Many other individual needs and concerns

When an effective support system is in place, all family members can find their path to happiness and fulfillment.

Written By: Laura Lebovitz, LAMFT

Ways to be an Advocate and an Ally on National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Ways to be an Advocate and an Ally on National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

I have the best little sister in the world. I’m not bragging though…this is just a fact! She’s kind, caring, a member of the Foster-Schmidt dance company, a huge fan of slapstick humor, and a devoted employee at the Johns Creek Police department. She also happens to have Down syndrome and a bonus 21st chromosome.…

New Ideas for Resolutions

New Ideas for Resolutions

It can be easy to get stuck in the same routine where you make the same resolutions year after year.  I can’t count the number of times I have promised myself to drink less caffeine!  If you have tried the same few resolutions each year, why not try something different this year? Here are a…

Could 2017 be Your Best Year Yet? 6 tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions!

Could 2017 be Your Best Year Yet? 6 tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions!

Imagine your life if you kept all of your New Year’s resolutions. Would you be less stressed, more organized, have more family time, or just smile more? I know I would have consumed a lot less sugar over the years! Setting resolutions for the year comes with great intentions and sometimes a mini pep talk…

Cultivating Gratitude in Children

Cultivating Gratitude in Children

As the holidays approach, one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is to strategically develop their sense of gratitude. Rather than having the focus be on presents or parties, you have an opportunity to help them turn their attention to others and to cultivate a sense of gratitude. Studies have shown that…

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