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Source: Autism Action
Individuals on the autism spectrum often have problems with fine and gross motor skills. Children may have low muscle tone and/or poor coordination. Such delays can negatively impact day-to-day functioning and will most likely interfere with not only physical development, but social development as well.
An individual on the autism spectrum may benefit from physical therapy if he/she has any of the following characteristics: muscle stiffness, delay in obtaining motor milestones, poor balance and coordination, muscle weakness, and postural abnormalities.
Questions To Ask Your Provider:
- What are your credentials? Only master’s degree and doctoral degree programs are accredited, in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Physical therapists need a master’s degree from an accredited physical therapy program and a State license, requiring passing scores on national and state examinations.
- What experience do you have working with individuals on the autism spectrum?
- Do you have a list of references I can contact?
- How do you diagnose or determine that physical therapy will be helpful for my child? What assessments are used?
- How often and how long are the sessions?
- How much does a session cost?
- Will therapy be done individually or in a group?
- How long will my child require physical therapy?
- Will I be present during the therapy? Is there a place for me to observe?
- How will the results be measured? Will we receive written reports or updates?
- Describe a typical session.
- Will you work with my child in our home?
- What is our family’s role in this proces? What activities/exercises might we be expected to do at home?
- What if I want to stop this therapy? Are there any contracts?