Therapies for Autism | Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology
Autism Therapy at Home for Children, Young People and Adults
Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder with Active Ability
Physiotherapy Treatment for Autism
Motor development problems are common in children with autism, although they are often missed at the time of diagnosis. Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge of body structure and function and are trained to diagnose and manage movement disorders that can affect people with ASD.
Paediatric physiotherapy for autism may include management of:
- developmental delays
- gross and fine motor skill development
- muscle tone issues (low muscle tone and/or spasticity)
- mobility, balance and coordination concerns
- poor posture or movement patterns
- difficulties keeping up with peers
- development of sports-specific skills
- pain and/or stiffness.
Active Ability’s experienced, NDIS registered physios will assess your or your child’s function and talk to you about your needs and goals. They will create a treatment plan to help you achieve those goals, making sure they are realistic and achievable.
Physios might also be involved in educating and training carers and prescribing assistive technologies (such as walking aids and wheelchairs) to support you to participate at home and in the community.
Nutrition and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Eating and food-related concerns are common in people with autism. Dietetic therapy for children and adults with ASD might involve advice and support to:
- assist with restrictive or fussy eating
- create positive mealtime routines
- manage food allergies and intolerances
- deal with barriers to eating or drinking
- manage nutritional or growth concerns
- create a dietary plan to promote weight gain or loss
- design a diet for better bowel and dental health
- read food labels and plan grocery shopping
- encourage participation in food prep and cooking
- eat for better mood and mental wellbeing
- build independence in choosing healthy options.
Our team of skilled NDIS dietitians are dedicated to supporting people with autism achieve better health and quality of life through improved nutrition. Dietetic therapy will start with an assessment of your needs, including any medical issues as well as eating behaviours. Next, we’ll tailor a plan to help you reach your goals, considering any personal and cultural requirements.
Active Ability’s dietitians have experience providing services to people living in both private and group home settings. We can offer client-centred education, staff training, menu planning and recipe development.
Exercise Physiology for People with Autism
Regular physical activity is important for anyone wanting to stay healthy and have the best quality of life. If you’re on the autism spectrum,
exercise can also help with the symptoms. A well-designed program can help to:
- reduce repetitive, self-stimulating or aggressive behaviours
- manage hyperactivity
- improve concentration or motivation
- improve social and sports participation
- support development of motor control and coordination
- improve muscle strength, aerobic fitness and balance
- reduce symptoms of anxiety
- enhance general health and wellbeing.
At Active Ability, our Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) focus on working with people who have neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism. Our talented AEPs can assess your needs and provide engaging, individualised exercise programs to help you or your child reach your goals.
We can also provide education, staff-training, advice and recommendations about physical activity.
Looking for ASD therapy
For more information about arranging a service agreement, contact us via our online enquiry form or call us on (02) 8678 7874 (Monday to Friday). One of our friendly team members will be happy to answer your questions.
If you’d like to get started straight away, please fill out our NDIS referral form below.