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Physiotherapy for Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Physiotherapists are concerned with diagnosing and managing movement dysfunctions and providing interventions to enhance the physical and functional abilities of children with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.

Physiotherapy for Childhood Disintegrative Disorder will focus on re-learning and developing the gross motor skills, such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping etc. However, the success of regaining these skills will be different amongst individuals.
Other physiotherapy interventions that may be performed for individuals with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder include:

  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Passive range of movement (ROM) exercises
  • Airway clearance techniques
  • Assessment and provision of assistive technology or adaptive aids if required
  • Electrotherapy
  • Exercise programmes
  • Modification of environments
  • Training for parents/carers in home exercise and activity programmes
  • Fine motor skill work

An initial assessment carried out by the physiotherapist will determine what difficulties the individual with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is having with their movement and motor skills, also the severity of their difficulties. An initial assessment will also help in deciding what treatment plan will be appropriate for the child's needs and abilities.

The type of interventions used in physiotherapy will depend on the amount and level of previously acquired skills that have been lost. Each intervention will be tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the individual. A majority of Physiotherapy treatment for individuals with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder will be preventative - aiming to prevent further problems and complications from developing due to reduced movement.

If you feel you would benefit from physiotherapy and would like to arrange an assessment with one of our physiotherapists please contact us by emailing

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