Discussion Questions

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  1. What is the difference between the DSM diagnosis of intellectual disability and that of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities? What are the advantages and disadvantages to each?

  2. How many children with intellectual disabilities demonstrate comorbid conditions? Why is diagnostic overshadowing such a concern? How might we reduce this?

  3. Imagine you were working with a child with an intellectual disability who was demonstrating a challenging behavior, such as throwing food at mealtime. Using ABA, how would you reduce this behavior?

  4. As children with intellectual disability grow into and through puberty, they begin to desire romantic relationships just as children with intellectual disability do. What additional concerns might parents have that they would not have for typically developing adolescents? How should they manage these concerns?