borderline intellectual functioning


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borderline intellectual functioning

A cognitive impairment defined as an IQ between 71 and 85, below which a person is regarded as mentally retarded, and above which a person is within the gaussian distribution of normal intelligence. Those with borderline intellectual functioning can hold simple jobs, function independently and maintain a home.
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Other co-occurring disorders are mild mental retardation, borderline intellectual functioning, borderline personality and antisocial personality.
All of these children had a diagnosis of mild to moderate mental retardation or borderline intellectual functioning.
Currently, public schools do not provide special programming for persons with borderline intellectual functioning under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Although past research has focused on the vocational outcomes of individuals with SLD or mental retardation and, to a lesser extent, those with borderline intellectual functioning, no studies have investigated the vocational outcome of adults with B/SLD.
Borderline intellectual functioning in itself is not a pathological condition, but it can become one if further intellectual deterioration is activated by any number of disorders or unfavorable events.
Level of mental retardation (N=101) * Severity of mental retardation n (%) Borderline intellectual functioning 5 (4.9) Mild 10 (9.9) Mild to moderate 14 (13.9) Moderate 22 (21.8) Moderate to severe 21 (20.8) Severe 11 (10.9) Profound 1 (1.0) Unspecified 8 (7.9) No mental retardation 9 (8.9) * Mental retardation not mentioned in seven reports.
One of the intellectually disabled persons was readmitted for observation on a second offence, and 7 were diagnosed as having borderline intellectual functioning.

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