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Orphaned and Abandoned Children with Mental Impairment

As the number of orphans escalates around the world, there is an increasing demand for sensory stimulation, nurturing touch and palliative care within orphanages and childcare settings. It is the vision of the Liddle Kidz Foundation Global to make a true difference for children who have been orphaned, along with their caregivers who lack the necessary support to provide them with best developmental care possible.

Mental Impairment, also known as Cognitive Impairment is a state of mental development that negatively affects somebody's intellectual capacity and ability to function.  Mental impairment is a topic that can be broken up in several different ways. The umbrella is mental health impairment, mental health retardation, and mental health disorders. Mental health retardation is diagnosed after an IQ of 7 or below is tested.   Mental health disorders are a disorder of mood, anxiety, behavior, thinking or psychosis.

There are disorders found in children that have no real analogy in adults; hence, the differences in the diagnostic categories for children. The presentation of mental impairments in children, particularly the very young child, may be subtle and of a character different from the signs and symptoms found in adults. For example, findings such as separation anxiety, failure to bond with the parents, or withdrawal may serve as findings comparable to findings that mark mental disorders in adults. The activities appropriate to children, such as learning, growing, playing, maturing, and school adjustment, are also different from the activities appropriate to the adult and vary widely in the different childhood stages.

The possible causes of mental retardation are varied and many. There's lots of research that supports genetics, trauma, or disruptive developmental delays. The significance of knowing is that often this will help with the treatment planning, but in general it's testing early, noticing developmental delays, whether walking, talking, toilet training haven't been met appropriately, and being able to support that child with a good, solid treatment planning process.

Liddle Kidz Foundation Global uses pediatric massage to increase Oxytocin (nurturing, feel good hormone), decrease stress and anxiety, provide increased concentration, focus and decreased aggression.

 

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