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Intellectual Disability

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Intellectual disability is a term used when a person has difficulty with certain skills such as communicating, taking care of him or herself, and social skills. A child with an intellectual disability learns and develops more slowly than a typical child. It may take longer for a child with an intellectual disability to learn to speak, walk, or perform daily tasks than other children his or her age. Intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability.  There is no cure for intellectual disabilities. However, most children with an intellectual disability can learn to do many things. Providers such as pediatricians, neurologists, educational specialists, speech-language pathologists, and psychologists or psychiatrists can help to develop treatment plans.

For more information visit the Center for Parent Information and Resources or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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