Children with intellectual disability learn at a slower rate than others. They can have difficulty with memory and problem-solving and developmental delays.
Intellectual disability varies a lot from child to child. It can range from mild to severe.
There’s a big range of normal when it comes to children’s learning and development. But you know your child best. If you’re worried that your child is slower to learn and think than other children the same age, trust your instincts. It’s a good idea to talk with your GP.
A diagnosis of intellectual disability involves formal testing with a Paediatrician or psychologist can organise IQ tests.
Once a child has been diagnosed with intellectual disability, a health professional might recommend further genetic tests, including to work out what has caused the disability.
In general, the milder the intellectual disability, the later it’s diagnosed.
Services for Intellectual Disability
StGiles’ therapy team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and speech pathologists can provide the following services for those with intellectual disabilities:
- Developmental assessments
- Early childhood interventions
- Therapies such as speech, occupational, physical and psychology
- Leisure and inclusion activities and programs like Studio Space
- Equipment prescription
- Family support services
- Individualised and group based programs
- Assistance with living skills development and community participation