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Does my child have a mental retardation if delayed motor development?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: Not Necessarily

The cognitive parts of the brain and the motor areas are seperate to a large degree.
It is very possible for the motor area to have been damaged or immature and the thinking, reasoning or cognitive areas to be ok.Of course, sometimes global problems may occur causing problems in both areas.

In brief: Not Necessarily

The cognitive parts of the brain and the motor areas are seperate to a large degree.
It is very possible for the motor area to have been damaged or immature and the thinking, reasoning or cognitive areas to be ok.Of course, sometimes global problems may occur causing problems in both areas.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Noel Alonso
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Perhaps not...

Some children with delayed motor development are not affected in their cognitive abilities.
An example is the child with cerebral palsy, in which the child may exhibit varying degrees of delayed motor development but normal or near normal cognitive abilities. Others may have a global delay involving language, motor and social contact deficits. A thorough developmental screen is vital...

In brief: Perhaps not...

Some children with delayed motor development are not affected in their cognitive abilities.
An example is the child with cerebral palsy, in which the child may exhibit varying degrees of delayed motor development but normal or near normal cognitive abilities. Others may have a global delay involving language, motor and social contact deficits. A thorough developmental screen is vital...
Dr. Noel Alonso
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Dr. Jay Park
I basically agree with Dr. Alonso. If language and social skills are appropriate for age, the chance to have mental retardation would be low.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Not necessarily

A child diagnosed with cerebral palsy has is a 50% chance of intellectual disability, but there are other reasons for motor delays.
At what age levels are your child's fine and gross motor skills compared to chronological age? How are muscle tone and strength? If (s)he is in an early intervention program, 3-month's progress will tell you if (s)he needs to see a pediatric neurologist.

In brief: Not necessarily

A child diagnosed with cerebral palsy has is a 50% chance of intellectual disability, but there are other reasons for motor delays.
At what age levels are your child's fine and gross motor skills compared to chronological age? How are muscle tone and strength? If (s)he is in an early intervention program, 3-month's progress will tell you if (s)he needs to see a pediatric neurologist.
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