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Does my child have a mental retardation if delayed motor development?

Does my child have a mental retardation if delayed motor development?

Not Necessarily: The cognitive parts of the brain and the motor areas are seperate to a large degree. It is very possible for the motor area to have been damaged or immature and the thinking, reasoning or cognitive areas to be ok.Of course, sometimes global problems may occur causing problems in both areas. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Mental Retardation (Definition)

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


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Could my child's symptoms of delayed motor development be hereditary even though i don't have it?

Could my child's symptoms of delayed motor development be hereditary even though i don't have it?

Possible: Heredity is not always as straightforward as one parent to child - extended family history often gives a clue, but there is still we dont totally understand. Prenatal and neonatal factors can be other risks. Causes can be hard to pinpoint, but consultaiton with developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, or pediatric neuropsychologists may be able to answer questions. ...Read more

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How often is there delayed motor development in kids with pvl?

How often is there delayed motor development in kids with pvl?

PVL: Unfortunately, pretty common. That child will end up being followed closely by a neurologist and likely need physical therapy among other therapies. ...Read more

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Do I have Asperger syndrome if delayed motor development?

Asperger Syndrome: You can not diagnose asperger syndrome by delayed motor development.It is a develepmental disorder, in which the physical and motor development is usually normal. ...Read more

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Explain about delayed motor development.?

Late: Studies have shown that most kids follow a pattern of advancing skills regarding use of various muscle.There is a tremendous range of time, so a child may walk as early as 7-8 mos and as late as 18-20 mos and still be in the "normal" range. When these advancements are delayed, longer than the expected latest normal time, we worry about problems. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is delayed motor development?

Each developmental: stream - cognition, communication, social, fine motor & gross motor- has a range of ages in months at which typically-developing infants achieve specific skills. An infant who does not attain those skills by the age at which 90% of infants demonstrate them has a delay in that stream. Fine motor = use of muscles of the upper trunk, arms & hands; Gross Motor = use of muscles of pelvis,legs, feet ...Read more

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What is delayed motor development and can it be cured?

What is delayed motor development and can it be cured?

There is a range of : ages during which typically-developing infants achieve specific developmental skills. An infant who does not attain those skills by the age at which 90% of infants demonstrate them has a Fine Motor delay if muscles of the upper trunk, arms & hands are involved & a Gross Motor delay if muscles of the pelvis, legs & feet are involved. Early Intervention Occupational & Physical Therapy can help. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for delayed motor development?

What is the treatment for delayed motor development?

Early intervention!: ...Though i would like there to be a specific cause for the delay in motor development identified. This is usually achieved through a combination of blood/urine studies and select neuroimaging (mri/ct) +/- eeg, genetic studies, etc. Whatever the reason, early intervention (ot/pt) may greatly improve these children's lives! ...Read more

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What is best treatment for delayed motor development?

Recognition & PT: Early recognition & supportive physical therapy are the standard for treating developmental delays.Therapy can work to suppress abnormal primitive reflexes that impairs progress & help the kid reach milestones.Regular reassessment & goal planning are part of this process. ...Read more

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Dr. Noel Alonso
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Delayed Motor Development (Definition)

Delayed motor development is a clinical finding in which a baby or child does not exhibit normal movement skills (including strength, balance, or coordination) given his age. A gross motor delay is a condition in which a child is slow to develop his gross motor skills, which are large movements of his arms, legs, feet, or body. Crawling, running, and jumping are examples ...Read more


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Motor Development (Definition)

Motor development is the part of a person's development that includes learning to roll over, sit up, crawl, stand, walk; hold toys, pick up ...Read more