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Mental Retardation

Screening and Tests for Mental Retardation

Diagnosing mental retardation can only be done by a certified psychologist capable of administering, scoring and interpreting an intelligence or cognition test. Screening for this condition involves tests to analyze the child’s intellectual and adaptive development, including the abnormal Denver developmental screening test and IQ testing. (These tests are done of children and adolescents because mental retardation’s limitations are apparent before age 18.) Children with IQs below 70 and those with limitations in two or more areas of adaptive behavior (e.g., motor skills, communication abilities, self-help and independent living skills, and other everyday skills) may generally be considered intellectually disabled. 

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