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Thought Disorders in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

This in-service will cover the best strategies that providers can utilize to assist them in addressing common issues related to thought disorders. The genesis and major symptoms for these disorders are described. The medications used as typical treatment methods are addressed and methods for enhancing the effectiveness of this therapy are suggested. The triggers for periodic decompensation and discussed and methods for staff to provide support are suggested. The social isolation, unusual communication skills and over-stimulation that are part of these conditions is described and methods staff can use to respond and provide support are proposed. The issues of obsessions and compulsions are discussed and treatment methods are described. How the practice of institutionalization of the mentally ill can influence their conduct is covered.

A series of recommendations for staff to treat client anxiety and for promoting tolerance are made. The issues of physical aggression, property destruction and suicidal conduct are covered briefly. Strategies for the use of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization is described.


Lanterman Regional Center
3303 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Due to security reasons, access to the building requires that all visitors carry a picture ID.

Parking: Available in the parking structure behind Lanterman on Berendo Avenue. Parking tickets will not be validated. Parking fees are $5 prior to 10 a.m. entry, otherwise they will range from $10 to $13. There is metered parking on the street. Watch street signs. Lanterman is 2 blocks west of the Metro Red Line Wilshire/Vermont Station.