Mental retardation caused by chromosomal abnormalities, genetic disorders, inherited metabolic disorders and some infectious diseases may run in families. Genetic testing can help families evaluate their risk for having a child with mental retardation. At-risk women should be tested prior to getting pregnant.
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- Does mental retardation run in families?
Is there a cure for mental retardation?
Since mental retardation, or MR/ID, has a variety of causes, there is no standard cure for the condition. By identifying the cause for your child's condition, doctors can better develop treatment plans. Certain symptoms, such as late developing social or motor skills, may be "cured" by therapy, medication, or learning support systems. Children with mild mental retardation may become high functioning and self sufficient adults. Proper care throughout childhood increases one's ability to reach their highest possible level of function.
What are sensory integration issues?
Heather Wittenberg, PhD, Psychology, answeredSensory issues in your child’s development affect many families around the world. Young children are a work in progress, neurologically. New connections are made every day, connecting the body and bodily sensations with the brain. Sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, the vestibular sense (the sensation of the body’s position in space) -- all of these sensations are bombarding your child’s brain with new information. How can the brain sort it all out? How can the brain “filter in” and “filter out” certain information? For instance, in a noisy room, how can your child pick out your voice, when he’s hearing several? It’s a complicated neurological process that develops slowly, throughout childhood.
Children differ in how they process sensory information. They can be over- or under-sensitive in any (or several) of the senses. This can be overwhelming for the child and result in frustration and behavioral problems.
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