Alternate Names : Developmentally Delayed, Mentally Disabled
What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatments for mental retardation may include:
early identification of the condition
enrollment in special education programs
medication as needed, such as anticonvulsants for seizures
occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy
respite care as needed
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Most treatments for mental retardation are free from side effects. Medications may have specific side effects.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Many people with mental retardation live happy, productive lives. They share loving relationships with friends and family and can make significant contributions to society. A mentally retarded person can receive special education services until the age of 21. Vocational services are available in sheltered workshop settings. Families are urged to do long-term planning for the time when the parents are no longer able to care for the person.
How is the condition monitored?
A person with mental retardation will have regular visits with the healthcare provider. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the provider.