New toolkit helps providers address mental health challenges of youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

July 02, 2014

Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are disproportionately affected by mental health challenges, a disparity that is heightened by too few mental health providers who are trained to serve this population. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development has come out with a tool kit that, while directed at health care of adults with IDD, can be used for children with IDD as well. The toolkit also includes disability-specific Health Watch Tables.

The IDD Toolkit is now available online. The toolkit offers health care providers best-practice tools and a wealth of information regarding specific medical and behavioral concerns of adults with IDD, including resources for patients and families.

The aim of this project is to equip primary care practices in the United States to care for adults with IDD as they transition from their pediatrician’s care. The website’s information is an adaptation for U.S. use of a Canadian book, “Tools for the Primary Care of People with Developmental Disabilities,” (2011) which is based on consensus guidelines and has been peer-reviewed. 


About the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development
The center strives to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. The Center was founded in 1965 at Peabody College as the first nationally designated National Institutes of Health Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), and in 2005, the Center was designated a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) by the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The center brings together scientists and practitioners in behavior, education, genetics, and neuroscience to work together in unique ways to solve the mysteries of development and learning. 

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