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Working With Mentally Disabled
Are there any nurses that specialize in working with the mentally/physically handicapped/disabled?
Nurses: Sure. Ask your pcp for referral.Get a more detailed answer ›
Be a brother: People like your brother may be neglected, and may be ridiculed. You can resolve to spend time with him and try to find out what makes him happy. If someone gives him a hard time, talk nicely and say, "He is my brother. He has trouble with things, but he is nice. I know you didn't mean to..." If that doesn't work, report this as you should. Generally, you're the best gift you can give. ...Read more
Gene > brain >: behavior is studied by translational research. OMIM, a genetic database, lists 1,077 molecular genetic defects that cause Intellectual Disability, often moderate-severe, +/- Autistic Spectrum Disorder with Self-Injurious Behavior in their Neurobehavioral profiles. SIB used by a non- verbal person to avoid situations or attain desires often responds to behavioral therapy +/- medications. ...Read more
Mentally ill: Hopefully h/her guardian, caretaker or family member. ...Read more
Mental trip?: At this juncture in time, no one knows what it feels like in the mind of a mentally challenged person. The brain is incredibly complex and science is only beginning to understand some processes/functions inside it. So, i cannot tell you how it would feel because we just don't know much/enough. There is always ongoing research, so stay tuned. Good luck finding the answer. ...Read more
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
Check with state: Each state has its own licensing and certification processes for things like this. You need to check with your own state's licensing office to find out what qualifications you and your workers need to have. ...Read more
Not an easy task: Have you discussed this with your doctor and or a behavior therapist? I do not think there is a short answer to this....Understanding how your child sees things my help you find a strategy he/she can accept...Homeopathy and chinese medicine may also be very helpful by looking at the whole picture and finding the root cause. ...Read more
There is help: There are many possible answers to this question, but i need more info how old is your child? What have you tried? What used to work that is failing now? What is your child's condition? Have things changed in your child's life? Is s/he on meds? (which ones?). ...Read more
Does a mentally disabled patient's family & doctors have the right to make decisions on their behalf?
Guardianship: If they have been found legally incompetent to make these determinations then a guardian is appointed, who acts on the individual's behalf. Sometimes this is a family member and at times can be someone appointed by the court. Usually this occurs because the individual does not recognize the illness. Only in an emergency can the doctors act without the okay of the patient or legal guardian. ...Read more
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