No specific medications are used to treat all individuals with mental retardation. A team of health professionals will evaluate the individual with the disorder to determine weaknesses and strengths and then provide a plan to maximize the individual's capabilities. Medications may be prescribed for coexisting mental health disorders or physical ailments. These medications will vary.
Lee A. Solomon, MD
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Chattanooga, TN 37421
- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Cariten Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Tricare/Humana Military Healthcare
- United Healthcare
- Erlanger Baroness Campus
- Erlanger North Hospital
- HealthSouth Chattanooga Rehabilitation Hospital
- Memorial Hospital
- Memorial North Park Hospital
- Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
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What is mental retardation?
Mental retardation, also known as intellectual disability or MD/ID, is characterized by below average general intellectual functioning that interferes with cognitive development and the ability to perform normal daily activities. Mental retardation presents itself at birth or early infancy. It is not a medical condition or disease, nor is it a mental health disorder. Individuals with mental retardation exhibit varying degrees of low intellectual functioning that impairs their ability to adapt to interact with others, monitor personal care, and engage in social, recreational, employment, and academic activities. They may also have impaired decision making skills.
What are sensory integration issues?
Sensory integration issue is a disorder where one experiences a wide range of difficulties when processing input coming from a variety of senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell).
There are 3 types of sensory integration issues.
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- Sensory modulation disorder: Individual over responds or under responds to a sensory stimulus.
- Sensory-based motor disorder: Individual has postural or coordination problems.
- Sensory discrimination disorder: Individual has incorrect processing of visual and hearing stimuli.