Jeremy began by giving some context of new terminology in the field; using the new term of ‘intellectual disability’ or ‘intellectual developmental disorder’ rather than learning disability. This is to be implemented in the DSM-5 and ICD-10. The DSM-5 no longer talks about IQ in relation to learning disabilities and instead now uses three deficit domains: 1- Conceptual, 2- Social and 3- Practical. He further highlighted comments made by Professor Chris Oliver of Birmingham University, that we do not need any more research on mental health in intellectual disability, we know what needs to happen but we just need to do it.
Some of Future in Mind’s aims by 2020 are: improving bonding with families, working in partnership with families and a holistic approach including the involvement of schools and social services. Alongside, evidence based therapies and using research to actually influence clinical practice. The need for crisis services was also made apparent, as currently there are no inpatient beds in the south of England and only three specialist units in the country.
An example of Southwark borough with given to highlight further why Future in Mind’s approach should be applied to all child and adolescent services for intellectual disabilities.
Some further reading around the subject include:
- Hassiotis A and Turk (2012). Mental health needs in adolescents with intellectual disabilities: cross-sectional survey of a service sample.
- Mark Lovell and Orlee Udwin (2014). Intellectual Disabilities and challenging Behaviours.
Author: Emily Pearson and Rachael Ryan