When working with persons with intellectual disabilities and mental health concerns, it is easy to become focused on behavioral health and what can be done to stop a behavior from occurring. Best practice, however, is to look honestly at what is going on for the individual physically/medically as well as emotionally and socially to determine what factors are having an impact on the individual’s mental and behavioral well-being. Awareness on the part of all individuals and their care givers regarding how the person feels physically, what they need emotionally, and what they seek socially can greatly reduce behavioral challenges. So, what are some creative ways to seek out that knowledge and address those needs?
Stop by the Meridian Health Services booth to explore creative ways that Meridian is working in your area of the state to integrate all aspects of a person’s life to bring about greater health and enjoyment.
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