Specialized programs - in which children with mental retardation are stimulated at an early age with appropriate sensory, motor and cognitive activities - are available in most states. Programs vary from location to location, but they usually involve therapists and special educators whose goal is to help the child develop motor skills, language, social skills and self-help skills. Early intervention programs, started as soon as possible, may give children with mental retardation the best chance of success.

Treatment and Research at the NYU Child Study Center—

The NYU Child Study Center has psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and other professionals with special expertise in the evaluation and treatment of Mental Retardation. Learn more about our clinical programs.

Many of the Child Study Center’s research programs provide free care and other benefits for children, teens and families, while advancing scientific knowledge on the treatment of child psychiatric disorders. Learn more about our current studies.