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Physical Therapy for Autism

In the article below, I will discuss physical therapy for children with Autism, including why this support may be needed and how to access the service. 

It is important to remember that all individuals diagnosed with autism are just that – individuals. This means that each child’s needs will be different. They will have different strengths and weaknesses, meaning that one size fits all service recommendations will not apply. That being said, refer to your evaluating provider for which services are best for your child. 

If you have general questions or concerns about autism, see  Autism in Children: What you need to know. If you are interested in learning about other treatments for Autism, see Supports and Services for Children with Autism. Wondering what autism looks like as your child ages, see How Symptoms of Autism Can Change with Age. Thinking about how this diagnosis may effect your other children, see Siblings of Children with Autism: What to consider

Services & Supports

Remember, all children with autism are unique and have individual strengths and weaknesses. Below are general examples of services recommended for children with autism, but be sure to refer to your evaluating provider for specific recommendations for your child.

Common Goals for Physical Therapy
  • Improving balance
  • Improving coordination
  • Improving muscle tone
Where are services provided?
  • Public school via a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP; see “School Supports” for more details)
  • Private clinic through insurance or private pay
  • At home via an Early Intervention Program (children under 3)
Frequency of Services

Frequency of services depends on your child’s unique needs, though physical therapy is typically provided in 30-minute or 60-minute sessions.

How to Find a Physical Therapist

Physical therapy is provided by a Certified physical therapist. To find a provider in your area, call your insurance company for in-network referrals or visit the American Physical Therapy Association website.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is recommended for children that have challenges with motor skills. Physical therapy often includes exercises and assisted movement. 

A free therapy consultation in Draper

Hopefully this helps answer some of your questions about physical therapy for children with Autism. If you have other questions, feel free to call me at (801)-613-9184 for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I’d be happy to answer additional questions or direct you to the right person. If you are looking for parent training or challenging behavior support for your children, you can read more about how I can help HERE.

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