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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

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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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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What is the difference between ADHD and mental retardation?

What is the difference between ADHD and mental retardation?

Learning potential: Mental retardation implies a lower iq or learning potential.Adhd is a condition where the brain has problems controlling distractability, impulsive behavior and organizational skills among other things.The iq is normal generally with adhd. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between autism and mental retardation?

I want to know what is the difference between autism and mental retardation?

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. ...Read more

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What's the difference between autism and mental retardation other than socioeconomic status?

Autism vs MR: Mr is a reflection of compromised intellectual skills which can be measured and categorized. I may also be seen in any medical, physical and psychological states. Autism, by contrast, is a psychological/biological psychological characterized by an inability to form relationships and relate. To the outside world. Autism means "preoccupation with the self". It may or may not effect intellect. ...Read more

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

None. Both are lay : terms for Intellectual Disability (iD). ID is defined as having a measured IQ< 70 with concomitantly low scores in pragmatic, social & self-help adaptive skills before age 18. The level of these skills can fall in the mild, moderate, severe or profound range. Developmental Pediatricians search for the interaction of genetic, biological & environmental factors contributing to an individual's ID. ...Read more

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What causes mental retardation?

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

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What constitutes mental retardation?

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

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What are the tests for mental retardation?

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

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Is it possible to cure mental retardation?

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