n Mental Health Matters - Identifying and managing challenging behaviours in people with intellectual disability

Volume 2, Issue 5
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A married couple brought in their 9 year old child, who suffers from moderate to severe intellectual disability from birth, and had previously also been diagnosed with autism. He was non-verbal and thus unable to make any form of contact with his parents and siblings.

The predominant problem was severe ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). He could not sit still, was constantly running from one side of the room to the other, almost climbing up the curtains! It was impossible to examine him.

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