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S32 Step By Step Guide

Common Effects of Intellectual Disability

Common Effects of Intellectual Disability

Every person with intellectual disability is an individual and the effects of the disability will vary from one person to another. Some common effects are outlined here.

    People with intellectual disability may:
  • require special teaching/training to learn what others learn easily
  • have difficulty reading and writing
  • have difficulty accurately remembering information
  • have difficulty with communication - understanding and expressing ideas
  • have difficulty understanding abstract concepts, for example time, value of money
  • struggle to adapt to new or unfamiliar situations
  • have difficulty with planning ahead
  • have difficulty translating an intention into action, for example a client may be willing to comply with a bail condition in theory but unable to work out the implications of a condition or how to comply
  • have difficulty solving every day problems without support
  • exercise poor impulse control
  • have difficulty weighing up options and connecting actions and consequences
  • give literal answers to questions and may not see the relevance or importance of information they have
Diagnosis and ClassificationIdentifying intellectual disability

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