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Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Research indicates that youth living with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) experience exposure to trauma at a higher rate than their non-disabled peers. Children with IDD appear to be at an increased risk for physical abuse, physical restraint and seclusion, sexual abuse, and emotional neglect. In addition, psychological distress secondary to medical procedures is more common among children living with IDD than their typically developing peers, as they also may have chronic medical problems that necessitate surgeries and other invasive procedures. When trauma occurs with children and families with IDD, it is challenging to effectively address the psychological impact of the event.