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Mild Mental Retardation In Adults
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
One is slang: Handicapped covers a whole spectrum of developmental disabilities where retarded is vulgar and no professional uses that term anymore ...Read more
Lower IQ: Mild mental handicap means having cognitive or learning abilities that are lower than average for your age. One can help by trying to learn as much as possible about how to manage your daily life and handle your family and/or job. Often helpful to seek personal counseling and help with seeking employment, social services, ways to improve yourself. ...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 more
It depends on: If the deficits are from genetic or environmental issues. If they are genetic, then it could be passed down to the next generation. There are a number of genetic syndromes that can be associated with deficits, but that is not to say anyone with impairments have them. Also, lets try to avoid the word retardation; its become too derogatory. Need to know root cause before knowing chances. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Depends: If there is a known genetically determined cause, it is possible. ...Read more
Age 21, IQ level below 70, in medical test result is iq level 67% and mild mental retardation. Please suggest the further treatment for increase IQ LA?
Not available: IQ tests were developed initially to predict schooling success in individual students. It is a measuring tool like a yard stick. There is no treatment to change an IQ just like there is no way to change an adults height. You are what you are by this measurement. It does not measure many talents that can lead to success in arts or entertainment. It does not say you should not try. ...Read more
What is psychomotor retardation in an adult with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression mean? Does it mean Schizophrenia with Mental Retardation?
Psychomotor: Psychomotor retardation or impairment is the visible slowing of physical activity such as movement or speech. Psychomotor retardation can be seen in many mental health disorders including schizophrenia and depression. It is not to be confused with mental retardation which is intellectual disability or cognitive impairment. ...Read more
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
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 more
There are several: 100's of causes of Intellectual Disability beginning with inherited mutant genes & genetic accidents that occur during egg & sperm formation; epigenetic factors like viruses that alter function but not sequence or structure of genes; teratogens like alcohol, tobacco & drugs from 3 weeks after conception till term & beyond; maternal illnesses, , etc. See pediatrics.med. Nyu. Edu for much more. ...Read more
Legal definition: According to the individuals with disabilities education act, intellectual disability (formerly mr) is "significant subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period, that adversely affects a child's educational performance." idea 2004, public law 108-446. ...Read more
Observation: Testing for mr is a matter of formal or informal observation of how a child is functioning compared to other children the same age. Approaches vary by age and circumstance. For young children, doctors may ask a series of questions about milestones that the child should be making at each check-up. There also are highly standardized formal tests that look at the child's ability directly. ...Read more
Interesting question: As defined, retardation is a permanent level of diminished intellectual performance pared with poor performance on self help tasks. Most people affected by mr are in a mild range and may integrate into society as functional adults with a relatively normal life. You cannot boost the intellect but can identify stronger areas of function within their impairments. ...Read more
Intelligence: This is actually very straight forward. A licensed psychologist can administer an iq test as well as a test of adaptive functioning such as the vineland. If the iq score and adaptive scores fall at or below 70, then the person qualifies. Average iq is 100. ...Read more
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
Several levels: Broadly, mr is divided into mild, moderate, severe, and profound, contrasting actual function to chronological age. For a 10 yo, mild mr is 5-7 yo; for moderate mr, 3-5 yo; for severe mr, 2-4 yo; and for profound mr, 1-2 yo. This is not always precise--some may be stronger is some areas an weaker in others. Also, the more severe the mr, the quicker the child reaches maximum performance levels. ...Read more
Many possibilities: A brain can be genetically abnormal (chromosome defect).It can be genetically normal but injured by toxins (lead, alcohol).It can be injured by disease, meningitis, cytomegalovirus, etc. It can suffer trauma (car crash, head injury). Each event can lead to a decline in the functional capacity of any brain with impairment varying as the degree of the disorder. ...Read more
Intellectual Disa-: Bility = a significant impairment in cognitive & adaptive functioning that began before 18. IQ, measured by tests of ability to think abstractly, learn & problem-solve, is 50-70 in Mild I.D., 35-49 in Moderate, 20-34 in Severe & below 20 in Profound. See http://pediatrics.med. Nyu. Edu/conditions-we-treat/conditions/intellectual-disability for levels of adaptive deficits & a list of causes. ...Read more
It is not simple:
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, educational and social support. ...Read more
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 more
Mental retardation: The secret is to find out what interests you most and develop those subjects or interests, best way to avoid being bored. ...Read more
Mental retardation is a well known term. How many think it should be changed to get away from the r word?
I was checked for mental retardation and all the tests came back negative but I still am in special ed. Why?
Good question: Any learning disability, behavioral problem or other special needs might qualify someone for special ed even if their IQ is normal. ...Read more
No: While some children with autism may have mental retardation, many of them are actually quite intelligent. Some of them learn how to excel at things and lead actually quite productive lifestyles. Those unfortunately who do have true mental retardation however do not fare so well in life. Best wishes. ...Read more
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 more
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