Intellectual Disabilities and Faith Based direction?
Intellectual Disabilities is the latest descriptive term for persons who are clinically diagnosed with some type learning disorder. A term we will no longer use in reference to any disorder is the word 'retarded'.
Intellectual Disabilities has replaced Developmental Disabilities for a more specific designation of the classification of the maladies when used in context of applied procedures a person may have.
Most children and adults with some type of intellectual disability, will learn 'new' things but at a slower pace than what is determined a "normal" pace. A person with intellectual disabilities, should always be allowed the opportunity to learn within their own abilities. A person with intellectual disabilities may have special needs and their ability to function physically and behaviorally will depend on the severity of their circumstances.
The following determinations or levels of intelligence are based on American Standard IQ testing. While this method of determination is argued for it's accuracy, these are estimates of how well a person with intellectual disabilities may function as a child and as an adult. Evaluations should start before birth where a "family" history may be a consideration prior to copulation. However, by three months of age basic "indicators" of a malady may be apparent.
The Following levels of determination are only informational. These are only general assessment levels and show the complexity of a proper evaluation needed in a person.
A). Mild : (IQ range 55 to 69) : Often barely noticed to most people. Can learn practical skills up to the 6th grade level , including math and reading. They are 0ften able to achieve social and job skills. May live in an unassisted environment. Guidance and support during stress is required.
B). Moderate : (IQ range 40 to 54) : With training; motor skills and speech are possible. Self help and independent living is possible to a some degree. Assisted travel and travel alone in familiar places. There is often an inability to gain useful reading or math skills. Will perform simple task under supervision.
C). Severe: (IQ range 25 to 39) : Delays in motor development and little or no communication skills. Possible self help with training. Some speech recognition and motor skills. Needs protective environment and supervision.
D). Profound : (IQ range , less than 24) : Delays in all areas of development; Unable to take care of themselves. Someone will need to give them complete support for daily living. However basic emotions are shown.
In summary the 4 levels of intellectual disabilities are.
A. Mild B. Moderate C. Severe D.Profound.
Note: Mentally Retarded will no longer be used as a descriptive term anywhere throughout the rest of our programs.
Shepherd of the City at Lee Memorial Baptist Church
Shepherd of The City will embrace the Intellectual Disabilities in GOD's people and demonstrate to the persons, their Care Providers and the entire community how, with help, persons can come from helplessness to helpfulness with evidence based and faith based counseling.