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Who does the Dual Diagnosis Behaviour and Anxiety Clinic help?

We serve children/youth with an intellectual disability, as well as severe psychiatric concerns, behaviours problems, or emotional disorders.

What is an intellectual disability of global developmental delay?

Someone with a diagnosed intellectual disability has limitations in thinking and problem-solving skills (also called intellectual functioning) and day-to-day life and social skills (also called adaptive functioning). The problems begin in childhood and last for the person’s whole life.  Someone with a global developmental delay is either too young or does not have some of the skills required for a complete assessment of their intellectual abilities, but does have delays in multiple areas of development. 

What is a psychiatric or behaviour problem?


  • Severe behavioural problems
  • Mood disorders
  • Attention deficit disorders
  • Harm to self or others
  • Property damage
  • Anxiety disorders

Children with intellectual disabilities may have challenges with social skills, school, communication, emotions and behaviour. They can also have all the same mental health difficulties as other children and youth. Their symptoms may look different because of their differences in development and skills. They may show their symptoms through disruptive or aggressive behaviour more often. Recognizing and treating their symptoms may be more challenging because of the differences in their skills and development.

What does the Dual Diagnosis Behaviour and Anxiety Clinic do?

Our first step is assessment. Clinicians from our team will meet with you and your child to listen to your concerns and assess their needs.

After the assessment, we will make a service plan based on your child’s unique needs. This could include:

  • Assessments by other clinicians on the team or in your home community
  • Consultation with community service providers
  • Education about your child’s needs in the context of his/her abilities, mental health and behavioural presentation
  • Group services (such as Triple P Stepping Stones program)
  • Short-term individual or family treatment

You will be assigned a Case Manager to coordinate treatment, answer questions and connect you with community supports.

We believe that partnership with the child, family and community supports is the key to positive long-term outcomes for children and families.  You are integral members of our team from assessment through to treatment and follow-up.

Where does this happen?

There is an Initial Consultation that takes place at CPRI. Some assessments and services may take place in your home or community.


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