Psychiatric Services for Children with Complex Needs

Speakers: Kimberly Mathos, DO

*This speaker will be presenting in person at the Penn Stater.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance.

This session will summarize mental health conditions that psychiatrists regularly encounter when consulting with special educators. We will encourage discussion about the need for interdisciplinary teamwork, which helps to promote mental wellness and positive self-esteem for youth. Case reviews, including students who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and complex needs, will highlight the ways mental health professionals, educators, youth and parental figures engage in goal planning. Transition plan meetings, Individualized Educational Plan meetings and Individual Support Plan meetings allow mental health professionals an opportunity to connect with teachers and school staff. 

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, ACVREP, Psych PA Board

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speakers’ Bio: 
Dr. Mathos
is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She also works at a program at University of Pittsburgh /Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic where teens who are experiencing psychotic illness receive care. She has worked for 32 years with patients of all ages who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing at the University of Pittsburgh. She collaborates with many area schools and providers who also serve this population.

She holds an adjunct faculty position at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She enjoys a mix of teaching, community -based research, community development projects and clinical care. In 2009 she was awarded the National Alliance of Mental Illness Exemplary Psychiatrist Award for her innovative practice ideas for working with complex patients who had sensory disabilities, mental health, intellectual disabilities, and physical health challenges. She is active in many task forces and teaching programs that promote program development to meet the mental health needs of underserved populations particularly those with sensory disabilities.