After years of being labeled as learning disabled my 10 year old son was recently evaluated by professionals and diagnosed with mild MR.... I was 8 months pregnant when he was born. 36/37 weeks. However his weight was 7.4 and they sent him home with me. A few months later he was hospitalized with failure to thrive, he was not growing or putting on any weight and they found he had a severe zinc deficiency. After supplementation for about a month they said he was fine. He was also diagnosed with asthma as an infant. As he grew we noticed he was behind in speech development. He said a few words here and there but didn't really talk until he was 4 almost 5. As he got up in the higher grades he fell behind his classmates. Struggles with everything now and he's in 4th grade and in a modified 12:1:1 program. Reading, writing, math, comprehension and even speech is difficult for him. They basically told me his problem is "global." However his adaptive behavior assessment was normal. His IQ testing had him at 62. I'm confused as to if that is really "MR" because I thought they had to be significantly delayed in adaptive skills??? Also what causes MR? Why wasn't this found sooner? Could there be a medical reason? Can they be born this way? I would appreciate any advice. Thanks so much.
Yes, mental retardation of any level for the most part is genetically determined. Why it was not discerned earlier is impossible to say and, to be frank, there's no point worrying about that now. It won't do anyone any good. What's imprtant is building in the educational supports he needs because he will need those supports throughout his education.
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