The Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities at Texas Tech University has just released a new video resource for parents, teachers and service personnel focusing on student mental health and special education.
Originally developed as an educational tool aimed at training special education teachers, the video series offers best practices for working with a student with a dual diagnosis of both an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) as well as a mental health condition.
“Youth with dual diagnosis and their families are often misunderstood and denied the specialized support they need,” said Devender Banda, a professor of special education at Texas Tech. “This series of videos features valuable tips and perspectives from a variety of sources, including parents, educators, counselors, psychologists and other experts. We hope this will be a useful resource for families and school personnel to better understand and help students who have dual diagnosis.”
The video series is a part of Project TEDD: Training Educators in Dual Diagnosis, an initiative developed by Texas Tech to address a state-wide need for K-12 educators who specialize in teaching students who have a dual diagnosis.
Project TEDD is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). TCDD’s mission is to create change so all people with disabilities are fully included in their communities and exercise control over their own lives.
The free series of 13 videos has been published as a publicly available resource. Ranging in length from about 4 minutes to just over 19 minutes, the videos are concise, with each focusing on a specific topic. The video topics include Parent’s Perspective, Teacher’s Perspective, Law Enforcement, and Inequality in Education with an overarching focus on the impact of mental health on academic achievement.
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