Mental Retardation

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Meaning of Mental Retardation

A state of significant subnormal intellectual development with reduction of social competence in a minor or adult person which has existed prior to adolescence and is expected to be of life duration. The significant sub- average general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with defects in adaptive behavior manifested during the developmental period .

Adoption Legal Definition of Mental Retardation

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…(more)

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