The difference between Autism and Mental Retardation

September 21st, 2007

Autism and Mental Retardation are two different things.

What is the difference between Autism and Mental Retardation?

Most people with mental retardation show relatively even skill development, while individuals with autism typically show uneven skill development with deficits in certain areas – most frequently in their ability to communicate and relate to others – and distinct skills in other areas.

It is important to distinguish autism from mental retardation or other disorders since diagnostic confusion may result in referral to inappropriate and ineffective treatment techniques.

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