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Intellectual Disability

Early intervention and personalized care can help children with intellectual disabilities reach their fullest potential.

How can I get my child help for intellectual disability?

Talk to your pediatrician if your child has any of these common symptoms of intellectual disability:

  • Developmental delays: Not sitting, walking or talking at the same time as other children their age
  • Learning disabilities: Trouble learning new skills, remembering things and solving problems
  • Social and behavioral challenges: Difficulty understanding rules and recognizing the results of their actions

Having these symptoms does not mean your child has an intellectual disability. Other conditions have similar symptoms. Psychologists at Rush can help evaluate your child for intellectual disabilities and make recommendations for treatments that could help. 

Intellectual disability: what you should know

  • An intellectual disability appears in childhood, before your child is 18 years old.
  • For many children, the cause of their intellectual disability is unknown; however, some of the most common causes of intellectual disability include the following:
  • When intellectual disability occurs later in life, it is typically the result of a health problem, such as a stroke, head injury or infection.
  • Many children with intellectual disabilities also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The earlier you address your child’s intellectual disability, the better. Early intervention programs can help children learn skills that help them grow and function in daily life. 

Departments and programs that treat this condition