Mental Retardation and Receiving Social Security DisabilityHave you applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration on behalf of your loved one because of the disability caused by mental retardation? Was your loved one denied? You may be thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration on behalf of your loved one. If you decide to do this, here is something that you need to think about. Your loved one will need to be represented by a knowledgeable disability attorney in what can prove to be a long and trying procedure. The reason why this is true is because people who are represented by a good disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than those people who do not have an attorney. Mental retardation is a term used for a pattern of persistently slow learning of basic motor and language skill ("milestones") during childhood and a significantly below-normal global intellectual capacity as an adult. One common criterion for diagnosis of mental retardation is a tested intelligence quotient (IQ) of 70 or below and deficits in adaptive functioning. People with mental retardation may be described as having developmental disabilities, global developmental delay or learning difficulties. Developmental disabilities is a term used to describe life-long disabilities attributable to mental and/or physical, or a combination of mental and physical impairments that occur prior to age 22. Global developmental delay is a term used when a child does not reach certain skill development levels by the expected time period. These are referred to as developmental milestones. Learning difficulties refer to a group of disorders that affect a broad range of academic and functional skills including the ability to speak, listen, read, write, spell, reason and organize information. There are several signs and symptoms to watch for that may indicate that your loved one or your child with disability has mental retardation. For example, if your child with disability does not learn to sit up, crawl, walk or talk when other children are displaying these skills, this may be an indication of mental retardation. Other signs and symptoms of mental retardation are:
- Having trouble speaking
- Having trouble understanding social rules
- Having trouble solving problems
- Finding it hard to remember things
- Having trouble thinking logically
- Having trouble discerning cause and effect
- Persistence of infantile behavior.