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Working With Mentally Disabled Adults
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.
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.
Mentally ill: Hopefully h/her guardian, caretaker or family member.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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.
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.
Is a regular IQ test the standard specialists use to measure the intellectual ability of a mentally disabled person or is there special IQ test?
IQ testing at its: best requires individual testing using a test called the WAIS as opposed to a booklet and answer sheet. This is what Disability Boards typically require. The claimant needs to go to a doctor approved to do this by the board. Peace and good health.See 1 more doctor answer
Might it be possible that a child be mentally disabled if the mother has had measles in her past?
I'm so clueless of alot of ideas but I don't know where to start getting rehab, counseling, psychiatrists cuz I'm a mentally disabled 36 female w/son.
Finding a doctor: Don't worry, you can find a great doctor near you. Contact your insurance provider and find out what doctors are "in-network". If you need help to get insurance, you can call your city or county health department. You can also google physicians near you and make arrangements with them. Good for you for seeking out therapy to help you. Good luck.
My in laws think my 3 month old might be mentally disabled. They say he has low muscle tone. Are there things I can try to test his muscle tone?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Geneticists estimate that each of us carry a few recessive genes that will not harm us, but when paired with another can produce a baby with things like CF, sickle cell, and any of thousands of metabolic disorders like PKU.Marriage between close relatives increases this risk.You can get tested for the recessive gene in some cases, so having a consultation with a geneticist may help you.See 2 more doctor answers
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 ›
They try: Schools, and all public buildings, have to be designed to accommodate physical disabilities as set forth in the americans with disabilities act. Schools for adults are not required to accommodate for learning disabilities but most do to the best of their ability. Ask a school what office you should talk to for your disability and they will tell you what help/accommodations they can provide.See 1 more doctor answer
Group Home: Some are transitional group homes. Some are called group homes for mentally challenged. Don't know of another generally accepted term.
Feeling Blue...: Being 'disabled' doesn't raise your risk of mental illness as a whole; generally speaking. However the severity of your disability may lead to a "depressed" state of mind and that can lead to clinical depression if not addressed.
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