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Does mental retardation affect children differently than adults?

Mental retardation is identified between birth and six years old. Affected children tend to lag behind peers in coordination, social skills, and language development. Many children with mental retardation require support from doctors, neurologists, therapists and social workers to increase functioning.

Adults with mild to moderate mental retardation can usually become self-sufficient in adulthood, especially if they have benefited from proper care throughout childhood. Those with more severe cases will retain child-like behavior and cognitive limitations.

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