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Physiotherapy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Many individuals with ADHD may also have additional difficulties in their motor skills, including problems with their coordination and may often appear physically clumsy.

The aim of Physiotherapy for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is to maximise their functional ability and develop motor skills to minimise the risk of pain and postural problems. Physiotherapy will aim to support, develop and improve any physical or motor skill difficulties.

An initial assessment carried out by the physiotherapist will evaluate the type and severity of the individual's difficulties and indicate what the most appropriate treatment will be. They type of intervention given will be dependent on the individual. The physiotherapist will implement an individualised treatment plan which will be specifically tailored to the individual's needs and abilities.

Physio session - Balance and co-ordination

Physio Session - Balance and co-ordination

Physiotherapy interventions may focus on:

  • Improving gross motor skills - depending on the problems experienced basic gross motor skills are normally initially targeted (sitting, crawling, standing), and then progress to target the more complex gross motor skills such as walking and running
  • Improving balance and co-ordination
  • Improving fine motor skills
  • Improving gait
  • Improving overall muscle strength

There are a range of physiotherapy interventions which can be used to target the above areas, these include:

  • Physical exercise programmes
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Advice, techniques and strategies
  • Range of movement exercises

Physiotherapy interventions are not only beneficial for physical problems, but successful outcomes can lead to an improvement in social communication and attention skills, which is highly beneficial for those with ADHD. All Physiotherapy interventions will be designed to target the problems experienced by the individual with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and are required to be continually re-evaluated to ensure appropriateness and effectiveness.

The physiotherapist will work closely with parents / carers and others involved in the individuals care in ensuring the individual receives the best outcome from therapy. Physiotherapy aims to maximise the individual's physical ability to their highest potential across their school, home and educational settings.

If you feel that you would benefit from our physiotherapy service and would like to arrange an appointment with one of our specialist physiotherapists, please contact us by emailing .

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