Physical Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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The number of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder has dramatically increased over the last decade. Initially it was the prevailing opinion that ASD did not impact motor development but as more research has been completed it we now know that there can be significant impact to the motor system in the form of postural control and motor milestone delays. This presentation presents the features of ASD, current neurophysiological theories as well as sensory and motor issues in ASD. An overview of research regarding postural control in ASD and movement is included. A contemporary model for postural control that can be implemented clinically with children with ASD is introduced. As well the interconnections between alignment and emotional regulation are highlighted. Sensory processing classifications are explained and challenges in 4 individual sensory systems in ASD are highlighted. Finally the  importance of fundamental movement skills is illustrated and resources for assessment and intervention are discussed. Already Purchased?View Course

Intended audience:

This presentation is intended for Physical Therapists, therapy assistants, social workers and teachers who work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1.  Compare and contrast the core features and associated features of ASD.
  2. Identify 3 issues that can interfere with the development of motor skills in ASD.
  3. Discuss 2 major areas of PT intervention in children with ASD.
  4. Discuss the 9 components of postural control and how each of these components are impacted in children with ASD.
  5. List the 3 major categories of sensory processing dysfunction.
  6. Identify 4 major sensory systems that can impact postural control in ASD.
  7. Identify 3 major visual issues in ASD.
  8. Compare and contrast sensory processing intervention with sensory integration intervention.
  9. Identify 4 major areas of assessment that should be covered in children with ASD who toe walk.
  10. Explain 2 strategies that can assist when interacting with clients with ASD who cannot tolerate manual correction and/or cannot follow directions.

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