Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Medically Complex Students, Oh My

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn more about students with medical complexities.
  2. develop greater knowledge of self-injurious behavior.
  3. better understand the typography and function of self-injury in medically complex students.


Individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, as well as those with certain genetic syndromes, are at an increased risk of self-injury. Some research has hypothesized these individuals engage in self-injury due to pain or lack of communication. This poster will review a study that aimed to examine the nature of self-injurious behavior in medically complex individuals. Similarities in both typography and function as well as implications for classroom interventions will be presented.



Jasmine R. Sorrell, Mississippi State University
Laura Quintero, Mississippi State University
Lyndsay A. Fairchild, Mississippi State University
Kasee K. Stratton-Gadke, Mississippi State University


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