What is an Intellectual Disability?

An Intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations in cognitive functioning and adaptive behavior skills.

What is Cognitive Functioning?

Cognitive functioning refers to general mental capacity such as learning, problem solving and reasoning. One measure of cognitive functioning is Intelligent Quotient (IQ) testing. Generally, an IQ test score of 70 or below is an indication of limited cognitive functioning.

What is Adaptive Behavior?

Adaptive behavior refers to limitations in conceptual, social and practical skills. Examples of conceptual skills include learning concepts of language, literacy, money and time. Social skills consist of interpersonal skills including self-monitoring, building healthy relationships, having increased self-esteem; problem solving; and the ability to follow laws/rules. Practical skills refer to independently completing activities of daily living (e.g., personal care, house tasks), occupational skills and personal safety.

How can Chrysalis help?

Chrysalis specializes in serving individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. We support these individuals through education, supervision, training and behavioral supports that are individualized to best support each person's specific needs.

Additional resources and links

The National Association of Dually Diagnosed www.thenadd.org

Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities www.aamr.org

MRAU www.mrau.org

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