Signs

  • IQ below 70
  • Poor problem solving ability
  • Limits to logical thinking
  • Late development of age appropriate abilities (crawling, walking, speaking)
  • Poor memory
  • Failure to change behavior with consequences

Causes

Intellectual disability is typically thought to be caused by genetic predisposition, with Down Syndrome being a notable example.  Substances can cause developmental problems during pregnancy that result in intellectual disability, like drugs, alcohol, and poor nutrition.  Head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and severe infections can also cause developmental failures.

Treatment

Once an intellectual disability is diagnosed there is little that can reverse it.  There are however, interventions that work with the child to lead them to the best possible outcomes.  Therapists can work with schools to write a plan for the patient that takes their individual needs into account.  Raising a child with an intellectual disability is known to cause significant stress to parents and family members, so personal therapy for the primary caregivers is recommended.

We Can Help

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Our therapists furnish a supportive environment, providing healthy outlooks and understanding.

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