Working with children with autism requires a team effort between the physical therapist and family members. You can expect the therapist to be actively involved in teaching best practices to the parents and caregivers. This helps maintain continuity of care outside the clinic and in the child's home.
Since autism impairs a child's movement and social skills, it's common for the child to experience a great deal of frustration in social situations. This is exactly why parents and caregivers play an important, supportive role for the child.
The good news is that physical therapists, with extensive training in the body's neurological and muscular system, can make things easier for the child and the family. Some physical therapists take advanced training courses and specialize in the treatment of children and adults with autism. Regardless, the sooner a physical therapist is involved, the better. As the leading physical therapy providers in the community, ww are committed to helping children (and adults) with autism live happy, healthy and successful lives. Call us today to learn more.