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How does mental retardation affect the body?

Infants with mental retardation/ intellectual disabilities (MR/ ID) may have physical abnormalities such as an enlarged or unusually small head, unusual facial features, or problems with their hands or feet. They may not sit, roll over, stand or walk as quickly as their peers. Some mental retardation is accompanied by severe illness, seizures, and throwing up. Children may have difficulty with physical tasks including dressing and feeding themselves.

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What are the symptoms of mental retardation?
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Children with mental retardation often do not exhibit symptoms until preschool age, when they begin ...
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What treatment options are available for mental retardation?
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A team or professionals will work together to create an individualized plan to help meet your child'...
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How common is mental retardation?
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Mental retardation is diagnosed based on intelligence scores and the amount of support needed for no...
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Why is mental retardation also called intellectual disability?
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Many doctors and other health professionals have begun to replace the term "mental retardation" with...
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