If your child suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s disorder or any variation of these diseases then, as a mother what should you do? It is undoubtedly heart-wrenching to see your toddler suffer. All parents want the best for their child and they want to give the best treatment and care to them. But many parents have reservations about admitting their kid into hospitals. Parents want to raise their kid in a loving and protective environment of the home where they are safe from any prejudice that might harm them in the outside world. But now you can administer the care of a pediatric physical therapist.
It is one of the disciplines of physical therapy which is concerned with early diagnosis and treatment of health issues in infants, children, and adolescents. Children can develop a number of disorders as they grow up. It includes developmental problems, neuromuscular and skeletal diseases. Or you may notice that your child have poor balance, low muscle tone and finds it challenging to adjust and navigate through his environment. It is true for kids who do not have ASD as well. All of this can be cured with the help of a pediatric therapist.
The focal point of the treatment is gross motor skill, fine motor skill, balance, mobility, muscles development, coordination and endurance of strength.
It involves therapy of substantial muscles which are used for walking, sitting, standing. Gross and fine motor skills play a significant role in initial muscle development of children. Kids learn to crawl, walk and eventually run through this. It also provides support when babies learn to hold their neck up voluntarily.
It accounts the development of bones and muscles in order to move fluidly. The effortless way of movement which becomes involuntary as children grow old is due to this. In this phase, children learn to balance themselves and try vigorous movements like jumping and running for a long time.
The pediatric therapist will make children do various exercises which are helpful in building the necessary muscles. Kids with ASD usually have poor muscle structure.
Toddlers may find it hard to navigate through their day-to-day environment. It’s the therapists’ job to provide them with environmental conditions which are easier and progressive for them as well. A therapist can ask kids to stack chairs or play musical chairs is also an effective exercise.
The treatment can be held in whichever environment suitable for kids and their parents. Some parents prefer home to outpatients. But it can also be done at a daycare center or sometimes school. The environment is usually the same as kindergarten that provides fun exercises. It can also teach children the regular curriculum which they can find at school. Therapists are children friendly professionals who have a fair amount of grasp on children psychology.
Pediatric physical therapy is a part of ASD treatment. It is by no means the only, valid treatment available for this.