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What do I need to know about caring for someone with mental retardation?

Individuals with MR/ID do best when cared for by a team of professionals including social workers, therapists, neurologists and psychologists. This team will help you to manage your child's condition with exercises, therapies and behavioral techniques.

Children tend to do best when living at home with family support.

Individuals with MR/ID have different levels of disability. Their level of functioning will help determine what types of support are needed.

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