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Why is it that adults talk "child-ish" to mentally retarted people?

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Brad. 
Asked at 2011.03.29 02:35:36
When I was at hospitals and saw mentally retarted people at schools, I noticed on how the adults around them would talk to them like there were 4 years old. Why do they do that? I think they should just talk to them with there regular voices.
answer Georgie  Answered at 2011.03.29 02:35:36
Talking to people with disabilities in a childish way is in appropriate, and people with developmental delay are not stupid, and they should be treated with respect, and talking to them in a childish manner is not being respectful.

I would hazard a guess that the people were not specifically trained in working with people with disabilities, as they would know how to talk to them. I also think people who talk to people with disabilities in a childish way only make themselves look stupid, unprofessional and inept.
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