How normal could one expect to live if a person’s IQ was only 63-68?
What expectations should I have for this person? Will they ever be able to live a pretty normal life and function like everyone else? Like, driving, balancing checkbooks, paying bills, shopping, etc?
My step daughter is in this range and I only asked because I want some idea of what we might reasonably expect from her ?
There are some definite limitations. They can’t do things as independently as others.
I’ve worked with several individuals with mental retardation and they were able to live close to normal lives, with a lot of support. Some of them were able to drive, but they needed a lot of help to pass the driving exam. Some were able to live independently, but they needed some training in independent living skills. There are several programs across the country that offer independent living skills training to people with mental retardation. Some were even able to hold part time jobs. There are several programs that help with job placement and job programs. A local program here does job coaching, training, assessment, and shadowing. They may need assistance with balancing their checkbooks and paying bills. I don’t think they are cognitively prepared to handle that difficult of a task, but anyone can prove me wrong.
Remember that they are at the cognitive level of children, so they are not incompetent and helpless. Some of the people with MR that I’ve worked with have the most impressive determination and work ethic.
If you want to know more about someone’s capabilities, see if you can find someone to administer the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale.
The Vineland has been a leading measure of personal and social skills needed for everyday living. Psychologists and other professionals continue to depend on it to identify individuals who have mental retardation, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and other impairments. Not only does Vineland aid in diagnosis, but it gives you valuable information for developing educational and treatment plans. Put it all together and you’re in a stronger position to help your clients lead more fulfilling, independent lives.
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