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Physiotherapy for Pathological Demand Avoidance

Physiotherapists are often involved in the treatment of PDA as some individuals may experience problems with their motor skills. Many may appear physically clumsy or have an awkward gait. These are areas that Physiotherapists can treat and help to minimise any associated problems.

Gross motor skills that Physiotherapists may focus on include:

  • Rolling
  • Sitting
  • Crawling
  • Walking
  • Jumping

The physiotherapist will work closely with other professionals in order for the individual to gain the best outcome from therapy. The physiotherapist will carry out exercises and tasks in a fun and motivating way to try and minimise the demands placed on the individual with PDA.

The main aim of physiotherapy will be to support the individual, their parents / carers and other professionals to increase the individual's balance and coordination of motor movements. Physiotherapy will focus on helping the individual carry out motor skills to their best ability across their home, social and educational environments.

There are several Physiotherapy techniques that may be used to address highlighted problems. The type of intervention carried out will depend on the individual’s specific needs and abilities and their willingness to parti