Why should I send my child to a special school?

It is important to send the child with special needs to a special school because special schools cater to children with special needs. The children get a structured, individualized program. The number of students is limited to a maximum of 10 or less. There are special trained teachers. Students are taught through practical methods, first hand experience, use of teaching aids hence the learning is made very interesting and goal oriented. The school environment is congenial for child’s growth and development.

Are all children with MR taught the same thing?

All the special children cannot be taught the same thing. The needs of every person with MR are different, individualized educational program is prepared for every child after making assessment of what she/he knows, taking into consideration his needs and her/his abilities.

Is mental retardation same as mental illness?

Mental retardation is not the same as mental illness. Person with Mental Retardation are slow in their mental development and therefore have difficulty in coping with the day to day activities and the normal pace of learning is affected. Where as, mentally ill people have normal development, mental illness can occur at any age even among the highly qualified people. The mentally ill people can be cured, but the person with mental retardation can only be trained in several skills but they cannot be cured.

Can marriage solve the problem of mental retardation?

Many parents believe that the marriage is the solution for curing the person with mental retardation since he might become active and the sexual satisfaction will cure him. Marriage can never solve the problem of mental retardation they can only aggravate the problems. They can never take the responsibility of their family since they cannot be totally independent.

Can a person with mental retardation have any other associated problems?

Yes, besides mental retardation, the person with mental retardation may have associated problems. Some of the most common medical problems encountered in the mentally retarded persons are epilepsy, hyper kinesis, physical handicaps, nutritional disorders, autism etc.