Mental Health / Conditions and Diseases / Learning Disabilities / Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation)
What is the difference between learning disabilities and mental retardation?
A person with mental retardation has a low IQ and difficulty with tasks associated with daily living. A person with a learning disability may have an average or above average IQ but has difficulty in a specific area. For example, a very smart child may have trouble reading. This child is not mentally retarded but rather may have a learning disability.