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Intellectual Disability Definition


Intellectual disability, also referred to as mental retardation, is a disability that begins in childhood. People with intellectual disability have limitations in their mental functioning seen in below-average intelligence (IQ) tests and in their ability to communicate, socialize, and take care of their everyday needs. The degree of disability can vary greatly from person to person and be categorized as mild, moderate, severe, or profound.

Some cases of intellectual disability can be prevented with proper medical care. Children diagnosed with an intellectual disability are most successful when they get help early in life. If you suspect that your child may have an intellectual disability, contact your doctor.



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