Intellectual disability, once known as mental retardation, is characterized by below average intelligence or mental ability in addition to the lack of skills necessary for daily living. Someone with hindered intellectual ability will have a limitation in intellectual functioning, which refers to a person’s ability to learn, reason, make decisions, and solve problems. Additionally, those with intellectual disability will have limited adaptive behaviors, which are the skills necessary for day-to-day life such as being able to effectively communicate, interact with others, and take care of one’s self.
StoneCrest Center is a 133 bed treatment center providing psychiatric care for adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for patients with severe or life-threatening psychiatric problems.By focusing on reintegrating patients back into the community by increasing problem-solving skills, communication skills, coping abilities, and enhancing their self-esteem, our compassionate staff is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for those who entrust us with their care. With our state-of-the-art sensory room, we are the only treatment center in the state that is also able to provide specialized services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one who has an intellectual disability there are things that you can do that will help that individual on a daily basis. Even though things may seem challenging at times, all people with intellectual disability are able to learn and live a worthwhile, happy life. While some individuals with intellectual disability may require help in a few specific areas, others are going to need support in almost every area of life. Here are some ways you can help:
- Learn everything you can about intellectual disabilities. This will allow you to be a better advocate for your child.
- Encourage your child’s independence. Let your child try new things and encourage your child to do things by him or herself. Make sure to provide guidance when it’s needed and give positive feedback when your child does something well.
- Get your child involved in group activities to help them build social skills.
- Stay involved with your child’s life outside the home. Keep in in touch with your child’s teachers, so that you will be able to follow his or her progress and reinforce what your child is learning at school through practice at home.
- Get to know other parents of intellectually disabled children because they can be good sources of advice and support.
Why Consider Treatment at StoneCrest
While there is no exact treatment guideline for the management of those with intellectual disability, developmental intervention should begin as soon as ID is suspected in order to ensure the best results. Many individuals with intellectual disability will also have a psychiatric diagnosis, which makes managing ID that much more difficult. Behavior problems, especially aggression, are common among those with intellectual disabilities and can cause a great deal of difficulty for families. Additionally, self-harming behaviors, such as head banging and biting, are a large problem among those with ID and so behavioral management may also need to be included in the treatment plan. It is also recommended that a treatment center provides an interdisciplinary approach for management, including professionals from social work, child psychology, and child psychiatry, in addition to primary care physicians and educators when possible. Inpatient programs who specialize in treatment intellectual disability can provide both medication and behavioral management techniques that will be most beneficial. These programs can also provide support to the family and help alleviate the sense of isolation. Other treatments for ID that an inpatient program can provide includes teaching adaptive, self-help, and social skills, as well as other rehabilitative measures.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At StoneCrest we believe that by treating each client as an individual and integrating assistance from those who already have an understanding of the client, we can provide them with the best level of care. It is our mission to set ourselves apart from other mental health facilities by offering individualized, superior care that improves the quality of life for our patients and provides a reliable resource for the community. As an ever-improving care facility, we want to redefine the way mental health care is delivered. We will continue to be the leader in creating distinct effective mental health disease management through our partnerships with physicians and other clinical professionals.
Types of treatment Offered at StoneCrest
At StoneCrest we use a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, which is implemented by a fully qualified staff who enhance each patients person-centered planning. Each patient case manager will serve as their advocate and help guide them through the treatment process while also establishing a therapeutic relationship as they work with the patient toward identified treatment goals. For our patients with developmental disabilities our Inspirations program is specially designed for developmental disabled individuals who are also struggling with behavioral issues. Some treatment techniques we use in this program may include:
Medication management: Medication is sometimes used in the treatment of intellectual disability to help control the symptoms of a co-occurring disorder that may be present. All patients are see by a doctor on a regular basis and are seen by a psychiatrist on a daily basis.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the treatment process at StoneCrest and multiple groups are held on a regular basis. For our MIDD program group therapy is more skill training based and also include nursing groups, as well as psycho education.
Family therapy: Family therapy is held at least once throughout a patients stay, but is typically held during both admission and discharge. Family involvement is extremely important to the well-being of the patient, which is why we encourage family members to be as involved as possible.
Other methods that may be included in your treatment plan are:
- One-on-one time with therapist in sensory room
- Expressive arts
- Therapeutic recreation
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
When the patient has completed the inpatient program at StoneCrest they will meet with their social worker who will facilitate discharge planning. The discharge process includes coordinating with outside support, ensuring placement or housing, and scheduling appointments with community agencies for mental health follow up.