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Episode 86 | Intellectual Disability - With Dr. Jennifer Huffman


We discuss intellectual disability (ID) with Jennifer Huffman, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist. We discuss diagnosis of ID, including strengths and weaknesses of different test batteries, as well as the importance of adaptive functioning. We also cover etiology (e.g., genetic syndromes), cultural considerations, interventions, and much more.

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Jennifer Huffman
Instructor Credentials

Dr. Jennifer L. Huffman holds board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology along with a Pediatric Neuropsychology Subspecialty from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She held a position performing neuropsychological assessments and supervising trainees at Henry Ford Allegiance Neurology in Jackson, Michigan for 13 years, serving as the Manager of the program for 9 years, before devoting all of her professional time to serving patients and conducting medicolegal examinations in private practice in East Lansing, Michigan (she established Huffman Psychology, PLLC in 2003). In addition, she served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University, providing supervision to clinical psychology graduate students conducting neuropsychological assessments at The Psychology Clinic at Michigan State University as well as offering practicum positions to graduate students in the School Psychology doctoral program at Michigan State University. Dr. Huffman’s interests in private practice include neuropsychological assessment and intervention of learning, memory, attention, and developmental disorders in children, adolescents, and adults as well as forensic consultation.

Educational Objectives
  • List and describe diagnostic considerations for children with low intellectual functioning.
  • Discuss interventions for people with intellectual disability based on specific etiologiesand levels of severity.
  • Apply this knowledge in daily clinical practice in the selection of assessment instruments and interview/feedbackwith children and families.
Target Audience
  • Introductory
  • Date Available: 2022-01-18
  • You may obtain CE for this podcast at any time.
Offered for CE
  • Yes
  • Members $20
  • Non-Members $25
Refund Policy
  • This podcast is not eligible for refunds
CE Credits
  • 1.5 Credit(s)
  • The author has no conflicts of interest to report
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