Mental Retardation

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Mental Redardation: Impaired or incomplete mental development characterized by an IQ of 70 or below and characterized by significant functional limitations in at least two of the following skills: communication, self-care, home living, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-direction, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. Onset usually occurs before age 18. More than 200 specific causes of mental retardation have been identified. Degrees of severity reflect the level of intellectual impairment:
  • Mild Mental Retardation - IQ level 50-55 to approximately 70
  • Moderate Retardation - IQ level 35-40 to 50-55
  • Severe Mental Retardation - IQ level 20-25 to 35-40
  • Profound Mental Retardation - IQ level below 20-25

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Mary - 4 years ago
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Adoption is a difficult road. Love does not conquer all and genetics wins. Kids do not feel lucky they are not happy that their birth parents threw them away. It is a painful path. If my husband and I knew this I think our lives would have been much less painful. My daughter was damaged by drugs. She was raised in a warm loving home and she went out and repeated the cycle of her bio fam EXCEPT for drugs. Maybe we made a difference. I don't want to be negative just honest. Adopting is a difficult path. We have dealt with many adoptive parents and well all agree that our lives would have been easier if we had gone into the process with open, honest eyes. All children deserve a warm loving home and I hope you do make the choice to adopt. But if you get a child with an 80 IQ you will not be able to love them past that. Be strong and be aware that love will not solve everything. You are doing a brave thing! #1

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