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Some do some don't: Most older kids and adults will be aware of their learning and performance difficulties when they have milder forms of intellectual impairment. The more profound the impairment, the less likely they are aware of the ramifications. ...Read more
Mental retardation is an old fashioned term now replaced with the term “Intellectual Disability”. It is defined as a measured intelligence below the normal range (less than 70) combined with inability to perform activities of daily living . For this designation a person must, in addition to having low measured ability, be significantly limited in at least two of the following areas: self-care, communication, home living, social/interpersonal skills, self-direction, use of community resources, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. The four degrees of intellectual disability are mild, (IQ between 55-70) moderate,(between 35 and 50) , severe and profound. In the severe and profound ranges individuals have language, communication and motor impairments and cannot be tested. Profound disability, is usually associated with a neurological condition. In addition to the categories of mild, moderate, severe, and profound, categories are sometimes used to designate those intellectually disabled persons who can benefit from some degree of academic training. Those designated "educable” can handle academic work at a third-to sixth-grade level, and usually have IQs that fall between 50 and 75. The designation “trainable” refers to those who can progress as far as second grade work and can live in a sheltered string without one on one constant care. It is important to know that a measured IQ is not as important as the access to and ability to respond to emotional, ...Read more
Getting actual help: Perhaps your disability programs want you to have psychological help so you can recover -- rather than simply paying your bills while you're ill. For instance, many people on disability with an injury also experience depression or anxiety. These issues can complicate and impede healing -- and medications alone will not solve the problem. Therapy can also include helpful coping strategies. ...Read more
Do MRI scans show signs that someone may have an intellectual disability (otherwise known as mental retardation)?
Is it possible for people who are mentally retarded to eventually recover from their intellectual disability?
I've never seen it: The mr diagnosis requires both a documentation of significantly subnormal intellectual performance and a deficiency in self help & self reliance for age. The vast majority function unseen within our community & with assistance lead productive lives in simple jobs. The lable also implies a permanent and stable condition, not a temporary one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suffer from being mild mentally handicapped, with a severe bipolar illness. Could my mild mental handicapped be considered a disability?
It depends: It depends on your level of disability and just how your condition affects your overall level of functioning in all areas of your life and day to day activities. Are you trying to get a check? Can you not work? You could seek out a disability determination evaluation. In my practice, i try and help folks so they can function and are not handicapped so they can work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unchanged: Mr is relatively constant, partly because it is defined as a percentage of the population. One big change that has occurred over the past 10-15 years, though, is that many previously labeled as severe or profound mr now are called autistic. Mr is a less popular term--enough so that there the term is being dropped in favor of intellectual disability. ...Read more
Level of severity: Mr is divided into mild, moderate, severe, and profound. A 10 year old with mild mr would function at the 5-7 yo level; for moderate mr at the 3-5 yo level; for severe mr, at the 2-4 yo level, and for profound mr at the 1-2 yo level. Unfortunately, not only does mr slow learning; but, the more severe the mr the more quickly a child reaches maximum function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetics and injury: The most serious forms of mr typically have genetic causes are result for intrauterine trauma ( e.g., viral infections) or head injury after birth. Many syndromes have been identified that are associated with these levels of severity, but most remain undetermined. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very different: Mental illness and mental retardation are two very different things and not neccesarily related. If you have questions about either, you could ask your physician, you could read a good book on the subjects, or you could talk to people who have these conditions. Doctors who treat these conditions are very helpful, and there are many in your area at Illinois Neurologic Institute in Peoria. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definitions: Generally, global developmental delay is the term used at that age. If testing shows a toddler's overall functioning to be < 50% of what it should be for his age, he is at risk for intellectual disability ( formerly mental retardation) when tested at age 6. Another clue is lack of significant progress over time, despite having early intervention services to increase his rate of development. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the chance if my son had hie that he will have problems with mental retardation in the future?
Risk factors: The sarnat neurological score, physical findings and eeg results in a newborn helps predict risk of developmental delays/ intellectual disability/cerebral palsy. Infants with stage 1 mild symptoms for <24 hours or moderate symptoms stage 2, for < 5 days have low risk. Higher risk is stage 2 > 7 days. Stage 3 severe symptoms + seizures on eeg, 70% risk.A type of MRI (dwi) can show injury early. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What resources are available for a 22 year old with moderate mental retardation that wants to live independently?
Check MHMR/The ARC: Many states like texas have programs run through regional centers like our mental health mental retardation center that provide training programs & services to kids & adults alike. The arc, formerly assn for retarded citizens, has many chapters throughout the country providing similar programs advice for families.Either group is a good starting place to find what's available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No cure, but help.: Mental retardation, now referred to as intellectual disability, is defined as having an iq of less than 70 and also experiencing difficulty in social areas. A person's iq does not change over time, but it is important to do everything to help them reach their potential. In many cases, speech, occupational, and/or physical therapies are useful. They also need the best educational setting available. ...Read more
What are the signs of mental retardation at age 16 months? my sons says 7 words, and doesnt make sentences yet
Language development: varies a great deal. Not all toddlers develop language at the same rate or in the same way. By 2 years of age, children typically begin to connect words, such as “go” and “bye, bye” to make the simple sentence “Go bye-bye.” By 3 years, many toddlers are able to form a variety of sentences with three or four words. Developmental testing by a trained professional can help identifies delays. ...Read more
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