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How Physical Therapy Helps Children with Autism

Physical therapy isn’t just for a pulled muscle or lower back pain. Nowadays, it’s being used in a whole new context: for children with autism. While the connection may not be immediately clear, physical therapy is a rich area for improving autistic children’s motor skills, strength and balance. Besides delays in social and cognitive development, autistic children often show setbacks in physical development. These include typical childhood milestones such as walking, or even basic motor tasks such as brushing their teeth. As parents of autistic children know well, these physical differences can manifest as low muscle tone or a lack of coordination. These delays may also affect their child’s social and emotional wellbeing. While the needs of every autistic child are unique, a physical therapist can work...