Doctors diagnose mental retardation using a combination of formal testing and observation. During routine medical visits, doctors use simple questionnaires to gauge your child's developmental progress. If your child performs much lower on these questionnaires than other children their age, your doctor may refer him or her for formal testing. Formal testing includes interviews with parents, observation and norm-based tests. Often a team of medical professionals will evaluate a child for mental retardation. Should the child be diagnosed, this team will also be involved in planning therapies and treatments.
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What is a level of consciousness?
Level of consciousness is a term used to describe a person's awareness and understanding of what is happening in his or her surroundings. There are three main levels of consciousness:
Consciousness is an awake state, in which a person is fully aware of his or her surroundings and understands, talks, moves and responds normally.
Decreased consciousness is a state in which a person appears to be awake and aware of surroundings (conscious) but is not responding normally. While in a state of decreased consciousness, a person may not answer when spoken to, stare straight ahead and have no facial expression. Others may think the person is acting confused, odd or sleepy. Later, the person may not be able to recall what happened.
Unconsciousness is a state in which a person is not aware of what is going on and is not able to respond normally to things that happen to and around him or her.
- Fainting is a brief form of unconsciousness.
- Coma is a deep, prolonged state of unconsciousness.
- General anesthesia is a controlled period of unconsciousness.
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