Role of physiotherapy in the care of persons with profound intellectual disability

Benefits of physiotherapy for people with intellectual disability

Often underestimated, the benefits of physiotherapy for people with profound intellectual disability are well documented. Children and adults affected by ID face unique challenges in their physical and cognitive development. Whilst physiotherapy cannot cure, it does provide essential support that helps improve overall quality of life. Here are five benefits of physiotherapy: 1. Physiotherapy improves..

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Mental health and intellectual disability

Mental Health Issues and Intellectual Disability – can you have both?

According to numerous studies, people with intellectual disability can not only experience mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression. They’re actually four times more susceptible to these conditions than the general population. However, they are less likely to be correctly diagnosed, let alone treated. Owing to something known as ‘diagnostic overshadowing’, health care..

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self-care for caregivers

Self-care for caregivers

Caregivers are often regarded with awe. Warm, compassionate and patient, they offer valuable support to people needing assistance and their family. Because the role is both physically taxing and psychologically demanding, self-care for caregivers is essential in order to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout. October is Mental Health Awareness month in South Africa. With that..

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