audience: Individuals/Families

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Multicultural Populations It Affects

Plain Language Summary: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Multicultural Populations It Affects 1 in 4 adults in the United States have a disability, and many of them experience mental health concerns. People with disabilities who are also people of color may have specific experiences that greatly affect their mental health. Learning about equity, diversity, […]

Coping with Change

Coping with Change

Coping with Change The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.”  There’s no doubt that everyone experiences changes throughout life.  Some changes are welcome and others are unwanted.  Some changes are gradual and others are sudden.  Some changes are expected and others are unexpected.  Some changes are small and others […]

Patience, Persistence, and Your Health

Patience, Persistence, and Your Health

Patience, Persistence, and Your Health Many things are available on demand these days, such as movies, TV shows, e-books, shopping, and information.  Googling is now a verb, with information only a search away.  The internet has become one big on-demand delivery system.  On-demand content is quite useful.  But sometimes we don’tfind a solution instantly.  One […]

Cómo los padres pueden encontrar información confiable sobre salud mental y discapacidades del desarrollo (Plain Language Summary: How Parents Can Find Credible Information on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities)

Cómo los padres pueden encontrar información confiable sobre salud mental y discapacidades del desarrollo Resumen en lenguaje sencillo:  Muchos padres usan Internet para obtener más información o encontrar recursos. Tener información precisa puede ayudar a desarrollar o incluso cambiar nuestras perspectivas. Estar informado también puede ayudar a los padres defender a sus hijos. Es importante […]

Policy and Advocacy

Plain Language Summary: Policy and Advocacy Policy and advocacy are important for improving the lives of people with and without disabilities. Policy is the rules and laws passed by the government. Policy is important because it affects each person on a day-to-day basis. In the past, policies about disability-related topics assumed that people with disabilities […]

Mental Health Safety Planning

Mental Health Safety Planning

Mental Health Safety Planning Shelley R. Upton, PhD Content Warning: This blog contains potentially disturbing and triggering content. Before continuing, please be aware that the author writes about suicide and self-harm. As a mental health professional, keeping my clients safe is my highest priority. How can you help your loved ones and your clients stay […]

Factores que afectan el cuidado auditivo de las familias hispanas/latinx (Factors Affecting the Hearing Care of Hispanic/Latinx Families)

Factores que afectan el cuidado auditivo de las familias hispanas / latinx Resumen en lenguaje sencillo:  Nota: Este resumen utiliza el término general Sordo o con dificultades auditivas, abreviado como DHOH (siglas en ingles). El DHOH se utiliza para incluir a personas con una variedad de sordera o pérdida auditiva y quienes pueden tener creencias […]

DBT

Plain Language Summary: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that helps people change their behavior to manage stress, emotions, or relationships better. DBT is evidence-based, meaning that research has been done to see if it works, and there are many supportive results. During DBT, individuals learn to accept […]

Grief & Loss in Individuals with I/DD

Grief and Loss in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Dealing with grief and loss is a normal part of life for everyone. Someone with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD) is no different. People with I/DD may have more complicated reactions following a loss given their unique challenges. Among these challenges, it is important […]