Ruth Luckasson, Robert L. Schalock, Deborah M. Spitalnik, Scott Spreat, Marc Tassé, Martha E. Snell, David L. Coulter, Sharon A. Borthwick-Duffy, Alison Alya Reeve, Wil H.E. Buntinx, and Ellis (Pat) M. Craig
“Understanding the new definition and system of supports is essential to anyone delivering services today or planning for the future.” Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
“This book will be a useful resource for both professionals and lay persons who are interested in, work with, or are advocates for individuals with either a diagnosis of mental retardation or individuals who score within normal levels on IQ tests, but have significant limitations in adaptive skills.” Psychological Record
This is a complete reference on understanding what mental retardation is, diagnosing the condition, and planning a customized, supports needs profile for an individual. Mental Retardation is the only definition and classification system based entirely on the concept of supports, which views intellectual disability as a condition that can be enhanced with the provision of appropriate support strategies. Developed over 10 years by an international panel of experts, Mental Retardation is the most progressive disability diagnostic system available for persons with intellectual disabilities.
Features and benefits
Discusses five key assumptions on which the new definition is built.
Addresses the role of intelligence in mental retardation diagnosis.
Defines adaptive behavior by conceptual, social, and practical components.
Expands discussion of critical issues in clinical judgment.
Integrates DSM-IV and ICD-9 diagnoses and addresses relationship with other classification systems.
Assesses strengths and limitations in critical life areas.
Describes the optimal environment for independent functioning.
Helps develop a profile of needed supports.
Recommends activities to improve functioning in key dimensions.
Monitors progress and evaluate personal outcomes.
PREFACE xi DEFINITION OF MENTAL RETARDATION 1 PART 1: OVERVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT 3 Chapter 1: Definition, Theoretical Model, Framework for Assessment, and Operational Definitions 5 Chapter 2: Evolution of the Definition of Mental Retardation 19 Chapter 3: Multidimensionality of Mental Retardation 39 PART 2: DIAGNOSIS 49 Chapter 4: Assessment of Intelligence 51 Chapter 5: Assessment of Adaptive Behavior 73 Chapter 6: Diagnosis and Clinical Judgment 93 PART 3: CLASSIFICATION 97 Chapter 7: Classification Systems 99 Chapter 8: Etiology and Prevention 123 PART 4: SUPPORTS 143 Chapter 9: Supports and Their Application to People With Mental Retardation 145 Chapter 10: Physical and Mental Health 169 Chapter 11: Public Responsibility in the Provision of Supports 183 PART 5: IMPLICATIONS 195 Chapter 12: Implications of the 2002 System 197 REFERENCES 211 SUBJECT INDEX 231 AUTHOR INDEX 235