Life Skills Deficits in Intellectual Disabled Children in Slum Areas of Nagpur

Madhavi Sharma, Abhra Mukhopadhyay


The measurability of the extent at which a child with Intellectual Disabled is affected remains one of such a Public Health issue of concern. Intellectual Disabled is a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and adaptive behaviour as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills. The study area was Nagpur slum with an area of 231,551 square Kilometres whose estimated population is 133,165; 40,065 males and 35,098 females. With the view that living an independent life constitutes a great problem to Intellectual Disabled individuals, investigating the impact of perceived deficits in daily living skills on the severity of Intellectual Disabled children was set as a goal. Using a structured questionnaire of 25 items was developed and used for data collection among 100 Intellectual Disabled children who were purposively sampled. Data obtained was analyzed and descriptively presented for clarity purpose. Result reveals that there is a significant relationship between Intellectual Disabled and deficit in daily living skills like; toileting, dressing, feeding, personal hygiene, et al., but as recommended, they can live a normal life just like other children through effective training, counselling, motivation and close supervision.

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