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ACT

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of therapy that can help with many different mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, and other disorders. Recently, ACT has been adapted for use with people who have autism or other developmental disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities). ACT teaches people how to deal with […]

CBT

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy that helps with a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and even substance use. CBT is one of the more common therapies used by therapists and it also helps people with developmental disabilities. You can receive CBT from a therapist or within […]

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a therapy for children or adolescents who have experienced a traumatic or other distressing event. TF-CBT is based on CBT and has not yet been studied with populations who have developmental disabilities. TF-CBT has three stages: stabilization and skill building, trauma narration and […]

Family Therapy

Family Therapy Family therapy is therapy that involves multiple clients in a family. This type of therapy helps strengthens family relationships and communications. A family therapist might help your family work through stressful transitions such as moves or job changes. They can also help with mental health conditions or parenting help. Family therapy can be […]

Success in Employment: It Takes Work

Success in Employment: It Takes Work

Success in Employment: It Takes Work The process of finding employment can be discouraging for anyone, and when you have the added layer of a disability or health condition, it is even more difficult.  I hope the following information is helpful. The first thing to consider when trying to find a job is what type […]

The Interconnectedness of Physical and Mental Health

Plain Language Summary: The Interconnectedness of Physical and Mental Health Physical and mental health are connected to each other. They also influence each other. Research shows people who have physical problems or illnesses often experience mental health conditions as well. It is important to consider both aspects of health when a person seeks treatment. This […]

Be Prepared for Adulthood

Be Prepared for Adulthood

Be Prepared for Adulthood How do you feel when you hear the phrase “transition to adulthood?”  Are you excited?  Are you scared?  Are you confused?  Are you overwhelmed?  You likely have moments where you experience all these emotions.  Everyone is nervous when they make life transitions, but when you have a disability or mental health […]

Factores que afectan la salud mental de las personas hispanas/latinx a lo largo de la vida (Mental Health Factors Affecting Hispanic/Latinx Individuals Across the Life Span)

Resumen en lenguaje sencillo: Factores que afectan la salud mental de las personas hispanas/latinx a lo largo de la vida Más de un tercio de los hispanoamericanos en edades mayores tienen una o más discapacidades. Las personas hispanas/latinx (H/L) más jóvenes tienen menos probabilidades de tener una discapacidad, pero pueden vivir con un miembro de […]

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Me and Other Autistics

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Me and Other Autistics

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Me and Other Autistics By Kayla Rodriguez Content Warning: This blog contains potentially disturbing and triggering content. Before continuing, please be aware that the author writes about suicide and self-harm. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was March 12, 2020. I was at my internship at the […]