Mild mental retardation is diagnosed in individuals who have an IQ score of 50 to 75. Individuals with mild mental retardation are often not diagnosed with mental retardation until they enter school because that is when learning difficulties will be more obvious.
Individuals with mild mental retardation will have trouble learning academic skills and may require accommodations and modifications to help them to learn basic skills.
Children with mild mental retardation will typically reach an educational plateau at about the sixth-grade level, which means that education attainment beyond this level is unlikely.
Poor Social Skills
Children with mild mental retardation may have poor social skills because they may have more difficulty learning and generalizing the unspoken social rules that govern society.
Individuals with mild mental retardation may have motor skills impairment that affect their ability to play sports. Also, they may lack curiosity and may be quiet-mannered.
Most individuals with mild mental retardation will be able to learn enough academic skills, job skills and life skills to live independently in adulthood.