Children with an intellectual disability usually also have to deal with physical and / or motor problems. Many of these children develop on average more slowly than other children.
Poor walking or difficulty walking, insufficient exercise, limitations of the joints, spasticity, difficult processing of stimuli from the environment and problems in contacts with others are examples of this.
However, there is a large variation in development opportunities. Pediatric physiotherapy in children with intellectual disabilities focuses in particular on improving and maintaining motor skills, but also developing socio-emotional, communicative and sensorimotor skills. This happens in a safe environment, adapted to the possibilities and pace of the child. The development is stimulated under the supervision of a (specialized) pediatric physiotherapist. This can be done by advice to parents and / or carers, but also by treatments during shorter or longer periods.