Maine Developmental

Disabilities Council

New Trainings

ALTERNATIVES TO PAIN MEDICATION FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Many individuals who have a developmental disability are sensitive to medications that may be prescribed to them. They are not able to be treated for pain with standard treatment methods and alternatives to standard pain management must be sought. These alternatives are adjuncts and, in some instances, are the method(s) most successful for the individual.

In this training, you will receive information on the alternative methods of treating pain in the individual with a developmental disability (DD).

The focus is placed upon the use of:

  • Non-prescription medications.
  • The use of different natural techniques that an individual with DD commonly utilizes that go unnoticed, and other alternative therapies that can be utilized.

DIABETES MANAGEMENT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

In this training, we will discuss the common causes of diabetes with the emphasis on individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.

At the end of this training, you will be able to identify:

  • The four types of diabetes
  • The medications that are utilized;
  • The testing practices and nutritional needs according to their lifestyle and cultural background.

(This training does not cover the licensing requirements for Residential Care Facilities.)

 DEMENTIA IN PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Dementia strikes individuals with DD at a younger age and is more wide-spread as it is not looked for in its early stages and/or latent stages.  Persons with DD are very prone to dementia and it effects early in life.

In this training, you will learn the definitions of dementia, the criteria utilized for diagnosing, the knowns and unknowns of dementia in the general population.  We will then discuss dementia and the person with Down syndrome as well as other persons with a developmental disability.

 DUAL DIAGNOSIS: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND MENTAL ILLNESS:

 (ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION)

 In this training, you will improve your understanding of the dual diagnosis of a person with developmental disabilities and specific mental illnesses, especially with a focus on anxiety and depression. Attendees will learn the differences between intellectual and developmental disability, mental illness, and dual diagnosis.

WHEN BEHAVIORS CHANGE, CHECK FOR PAIN

In this training, you will improve your understanding of common healthcare issues for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD). In addition, you will learn techniques to better communicate with individuals with DD and strategies that will improve their access to quality healthcare.

The target audience for these training are caregivers, medical providers, case managers, guardians and direct support personnel. The length of each training is approximately three hours. If you are interested in scheduling this training, or you would like this training offered in your area, please contact Angela Burgess at Maine developmental disabilities council by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may call 207-287-4213.

 

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MDDC will now offer Developmental Disabilities Health Technical Assistance through email.  You can email your DD Health related questions to DD Health Help.  Check out the flyer for more information.

DD Health Technical Assistance Flyer

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council
225 Western Avenue, Suite 4
Augusta, ME 04330
Phones: 207-287-42131-800-244-3990