Why Mild Mental Retardation Is No Longer The Proper Term
Before discussing the implications of mild intellectual disability, let’s first highlight why mild mental retardation is no longer a proper term.
You see, although mild mental retardation was a correct medical term, we rarely use it now. Reports say the public has associated the terms “retard,” and “retarded” with other derogatory words, like “stupid” and “idiot.” Not only are these words offensive, but they also cause misunderstandings on the nature of the condition.
So, in this discussion, we’ll use the term mild intellectual disability and not mild mental retardation.
Mild Intellectual Disability, an Overview
Children and people with mild intellectual disabilities may be slow in all areas of social and daily living skills as well as conceptual development. However, they can conform socially and be integrated into the general public.
People with mild ID often have an intelligence quotient of 50 to 70 and can acquire reading and math skills up to the 3rd to 6th grade. Additionally, they can learn practical and vocational skills for self-maintenance.
Overall, people with mild intellectual disabilities can acquire skills to live a life with minimal support.