A 38-year-old member asked:
i want to know what is the difference between autism and mental retardation?
2 doctor answers
Dr. David Namerow answered
48 years experience Pediatrics
Many differences: Autism is a specific group of disorders with communication difficulties, inability to react to surrounding people; repetitive movements and sounds. Diagnosis is difficult -- on going p.., o.T. And speech therapy , ay help. Mental retardation implies abnormal iq but has many causes ---- need ped neurologist, geneticist for diagnosis and treatment.
Answered on Mar 18, 2015
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Different diagnoses: 35-65% of people with autistic spectrum disorder [observable deficits in social communication & social reciprocity + stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest], also have intellectual disability (aka mental retardation), defined as cognitive ability. Significantly below average (iq.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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