Mental Retardation/ Intellectual Disability

People with intellectual disabilities can learn new skills, but they learn them more slowly.

There are many different signs of intellectual disability in children. They may be noticed during infancy, or they may not be noticeable until school age. Recognition of the condition often depends on the severity of the disability. Some of the most common signs of intellectual disability are:

  • Rolling over, sitting up, crawling, or walking late
  • Talking late or having trouble with talking
  • Slow to master things like potty training, dressing, and feeding himself or herself
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Inability to connect actions with consequences
  • Behavior problems such as explosive tantrums
  • Difficulty with problem-solving or logical thinking
Treatment Strategies and Modalities

Treatment of mental retardation requires the development of a comprehensive management plan. Occupational therapy--and more specifically, Idaho Therapy Source--can be an integral part of that management plan.

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