In addition to the sensory, behavioural, communication and social-emotional difficulties, many children with autism will also experience difficulties with their motor skills and capabilities. Autistic children may achieve early gross motor milestones such as crawling, sitting, walking and running independently within the expected time frames. However, the quality of these children’s movement are usually immature compares to their peers. These early motor skills provide the foundations for the development of later motor skills which require more refined and sophisticated movement control. As a result, children with autism have problem to master higher level motor skills such as ball skills, cycling, skipping, balancing and hopping. These skills affect the child’s overall participation in peer and communication activities, discourage them from learning and exploring the environment, which subsequently will impact their overall development.
Physiotherapy is always a key ingredient in the treatment of motor difficulties for autistic children. Those who delayed in achievement of gross motor milestones and facing troubles with throwing, catching, kicking or dribbling a ball, learning new physical skills, poor posture, sitting in a chair properly, frequent fall, toe walking, tight muscle and joint, etc might benefit from the physiotherapy. In general, the physiotherapist will assess the child’s overall motor functioning, identify the underlying difficulties and provide an intervention program to help address and improve the motor skills.
As for our center, Animals for YOUNG, we conduct some specific activities or exercises with certain devices such as jumping on trampoline, walking on swing bridge (balance beam), playing WePlay motor skills basic and universal set, WePlay balance arch, etc in order to improve the muscle strength, posture, motor planning and balance reaction of children.
至于我们的中心，Animals for YOUNG将进行一些特定的活动或练习与某些设备，如在蹦床上跳跃，在平衡木上行走，使用WePlay运动技能基本和通用设置，WePlay平衡拱桥等来改善儿童的肌肉力量，姿势，运动计划和平衡反应。