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Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

Do live-in mental institutions help children who are mental retarded more than living at home and going to public school?

Nearly all gone: Separate institutions for mentally retarded (or seriously mentally ill) individuals have nearly vanished in the U.S. Those with mr have quite different needs, depending on the severity of delay. People with mild delays live at home as children and may live indpendently as adults. Adults with severe mr typically live in group homes. Life quality depends on quality of services, not location. ...Read more

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Are there any diet books made for mentally impaired/retarded people ?

Are there any diet books made for mentally impaired/retarded people ?

No: The journey begins in the home. Does the child follow instructions or learn by immitation. Does the adult with the handicap maintain sufficient hygiene to participate in the preparation of healthy foods? Cutting? Handling raw foods? And are they safe around stoves or hot dishes? When given pictures of food can they make heathy choices? Food should be pleasurable, healthy and social. Enjoy. ...Read more

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Mentally retarded adult males and sterilization? Back to days of the titicutt follies?

Mentally retarded adult males and sterilization? Back to days of the titicutt follies?

Hope not : Hopefully there are no more facilities such as bridgewater state hospital or we'll have to rely on mr. Wiseman to expose such crude treatment of people. Male sterilization on someone not competent to sign consent has his conservator or guardian hopefully making the right decision for them. ...Read more

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How do a mental illness and being mentally retarded differ?

How do a mental illness and being mentally retarded differ?

Difference: In terms of computers, mentally retarded would be a very weak chip and a small hard drive. Mental illness would be like many programs inadequate to deal with life - some with a base in brain chemistry, others with experiences and development. We used to call retarded "dumb", and we used to call mental illness "mixed up". ...Read more

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How can you determine if someone is autistic or mentally retarded?

How can you determine if someone is autistic or mentally retarded?

They often co-exist: Pediatric (neuro)psychologists use age-appropriate standardized tests of cognitive & adaptive skills to determine Global Developmental Delay through age 4, then Intellectual Disability. A DSM-V Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis requires qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocity + stereotypies/narrow, restricted areas of interest; specific tests quantify the degree of ASD. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

One is slang: handicapped covers a whole spectrum of developmental disabilities where retarded is vulgar and no professional uses that term anymore ...Read more

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Interested to know if people with mental retardation know that they are retarded?

Interested to know if people with mental retardation know that they are retarded?

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

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Are there any mentally retarded people who are also savants, like in autism?

Are there any mentally retarded people who are also savants, like in autism?

Definitions change: The original term was "idiot savant." the reason these rare individuals are of such interest is that often their overall capabilities, what most of us would think of as intelligence, is quite low, and yet in one or two specific areas, they have skills vastly superior to the average population. The term "autistic savant" is now preferred, but mental retardation usually is a part of the picture. ...Read more

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