Child care

How Mental Retardation Is Identified In Children

Billions of people in this world have different mental abilities ranging from normal, average, above average, and below average. The terms such as Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability are used when a child shows limitations in mental abilities.

How to identify a mentally retarded child?
Mental retardation is treated with a test that assesses the child in various areas including social, adaptive, and intellectual abilities. However, parents can identify the problem with the following signs:

  • Difficulty in eating
  • Unable to learn fast
  • Doesnai??i??t follow basic instructions
  • Appears to be lost in his own world
  • Incapable of making simple decisions
  • Slow in things like walking and crawling
  • Stammer while communicating

They also face certain difficulties in functions and daily activities, which include communication, participation in activities, taking care of one self, and being unaware of personal health and safety.

Mental retardation can be severe, moderate, or mild. Children with such problems were called ai???slowai??i?? or ai???retarded,ai??i?? but the society being sensitive towards disabilities, evolved a better way to address these children ai??i?? ai???mentally handicappedai??i?? and ai???intellectually impaired.ai??i??

Mentally retarded children are not sick, they are generally healthy, endearing little ones, who take longer to do things. Letting a parent know that his/her child is mentally retarded is a painful shocking, and difficult task.

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