Mental Retardation

Mental retardation, also known as mental disorder, is a term used when there are limits to a person’s ability to learn at an expected level and function in daily life.

Mental Deprivation Levels

Levels of mental retardation vary considerably in children from very mild to very severe difficulty. Children with mental retardation may find it difficult to express their wants and needs, and take care of themselves.

Mental retardation can result in a child learning and growing up slower than other children of the same age. A mentally retarded child may be slow to learn to talk, walk, dress, eat without assistance, and may have learning difficulties at school.

What are some of the signs of mental retardation?

Often, the more severe the mental retardation, the earlier they can spot the signs. However, it can be difficult to predict how a child may be affected later in life.

There are many signs of mental retardation.

For example, children with mental retardation are likely to:

  • sit, crawl, or walk later than other children
  • slow to learn to speak, or have difficulty speaking.
  • find it difficult to remember things.
  • have difficulty understanding social rules.
  • find it difficult to predict the consequences of their actions.
  • have difficulty solving problems.
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