Over 6 million people in the United States have some type of developmental disability. Developmental disabilities typically begin at a young age and limit a person’s ability to function in major life activities and can affect everyday living. While this may seem like an added challenge to adoptive and guardianship parents research has shown that those with developmental disabilities can benefit from long-term services and treatment.

Intellectual disabilities are typically diagnosed at a young age and are seen when an individual displays problems with intellectual functioning and the ability to function in “normal” daily activities. An individual may also have difficulty reasoning, learning, and problem-solving. The diagnosis of an intellectual disability may seem devastating but getting treatment is key. Treatment can provide your child with an opportunity to succeed and handle the stressors of growing up. Children with intellectual disabilities have the ability to learn, and can, it just may take a little more time and effort than their peers.

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