Physical therapy can play a significant role in the care of individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders. With training in movement and mobility, posture, and fitness, the physical therapist is able to provide treatment for the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiovascular impairments that often accompany disorders of intellect and development. Physical therapy is an evidence-based health care profession dedicated to supporting the highest level of motor function for all from birth to end of life. This entry introduces physical therapy with a focus on the role it plays in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Education and Licensure

A physical therapist (PT) is licensed to practice through state regulatory boards. In the United States, the requirements for licensure and the defined scope of practice vary ...

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