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Intellectual disability 

Intellectual disability
Intellectual disability

David Semple

and Roger Smyth

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date: 27 July 2021

This chapter covers intellectual disabilities. It provides a historical context and modern classification, before covering assessment, communication pathways, and management or treatment methods. Different types of intellectual disability, both genetic and non-genetic and pervasive developmental disorders, are covered in turn, and psychiatric comorbidities are also considered. The issues affecting transition periods are outlined, along with potential methods of alleviating stress.

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