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Physiotherapy for Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

The aim of physiotherapy for individuals with PDD-NOS is to maximise their functional ability and develop motor skills to minimise the risk of pain and any associated postural problems. Physiotherapy treatments will be dependent on the problems experienced by the individual with PPD-NOS and treatments will be tailored to suit their specific needs and abilities.

An initial assessment carried out by the physiotherapist will focus on assessing the individual's physical development and specifically assessing their gross and fine motor skills in a range of activities and settings. The initial assessment will help to determine the type and severity of physical difficulties the individual with PDD-NOS is experiencing. Assessment results and a discussion with the individual and their family will also help to decide what the most appropriate treatment option will be and how often therapy will be needed.

Physiotherapy will use a wide range of interventions and treatments to help an individual with PDD-NOS to gain the most out of their movement. Some of these techniques include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Hippotherapy - therapeutic horseback riding
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • General play

All treatments need to be age appropriate and related to developmental levels of the individual with PDD-NOS. At a young age, the main focus of physiotherapy will be on basic gross motor skills, including sitting, standing and walking. As the child ages, treatment will focus on more complex movement skills, including jumping, climbing stairs, catching and throwing. These skills are vital for not only physical development, but also for social engagement in sports and general play, which can enhance social communication skills, confidence and independence.

Physiotherapists will also work closely with the child's parents/carers to educate them on techniques that can help the child build muscle strength, gross motor and co-ordination skills whilst in a home environment.

Physiotherapy is highly beneficial for individuals with PDD-NOS. Physiotherapy will improve, develop and support any motor skills difficulties the individual may have. The physiotherapist will use a range of interventions and treatment options which will be specifically tailored to the needs and abilities of the individual.

If you feel you would benefit from our physiotherapy and would like to arrange an assessment with one of our physiotherapists please contact us by emailing or calling 03300 886 693.

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