Adaptive Functioning and Communication

Adaptive Functioning and Communication

Tool Objective

This tool provides information for primary care providers on how to communicate with people intellectual and developmental disabilities based on his or her assessed Intelligence Quotient, Age Equivalence, or school grades. The goal of this tool is to promote a better partnership between the clinician and the person with intellectual and developmental disabilities by relating the person’s adaptive functioning, communication skills and level of developmental disability.

Developed by

The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative (2011), Surrey Place, Toronto

The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program is currently in the process of updating this 2011 practice resource to reflect the Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines (Canadian Family Physician, Vol 64: April 2018). Updated practice resources are scheduled to be launched in October 2018.