The April issue of Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care presents clinicians and other health care professionals with a concise treatment of all of the facets of mental retardation in children and young adults in a comprehensive review article entitled "Mental Retardation Diagnosis, Management, and Family Support" by Chris Plauch Johnson et al of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Beginning with a short description of theories of intelligence, the definition of mental retardation is reviewed and the epidemiology of the disorder is summarized. The article continues with a detailed outline of the etiology of mental retardation, practical information on making a correct diagnosis and various strategies for intervention. The article includes extensive references, lists of resources and useful tables.
Since chromosomal disorders are the most frequent known causes of mental retardation, the various tests that are now available are reviewed in detail. A summary of 8 recommendations for testing of children is presented, giving both physicians and families a plan for dealing with this disorder.
The overview continues with extensive information about specific syndromes, not only including clinical presentation, complications and diagnostic tests, but also providing support information for parents who must care for a child with MR. Most of the article, in fact, deals with the various "quality of life" issues that affect the growth and development of a person with MR, including education, community integ
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