Physical Therapy | Autism F.I.R.S.T. | Therapy & Service in Northern, VA

Physical Therapy focuses on activities and exercises that build motor skills and improve strength, posture and balance to build muscle control and strength for play and life skills. Areas of focus include:

  • Gross motor skills
  • Playground and ball skills
  • Task-oriented movement therapy
  • Gait analysis and training
  • Exercise and strength training
  • Balance and coordination development

The Autism F.I.R.S.T. clinical team works closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Flexibility and customization are important to best meet the needs of your child and family. Therapy is available for ages 2-21 in your home or in our clinics. Your child’s therapists will collaborate with the entire Autism F.I.R.S.T. team each week in order to work towards common goals for your child.


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Developmental delays
  • Congenital syndromes
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Gross motor delays
  • Toe walking
  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Joint hypermobility
  • Hypotonia


A recent evaluation from the past six months is required prior to the initiation of therapy. Evaluations provide baseline data, establish goals and are used to track progress. If you do not have a recent evaluation, your child’s physical therapist will conduct one at your first visit. During an evaluation the following areas will be assessed:

  • Developmental milestones
  • Gross motor skills
  • Strength & balance
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Posture
  • Head and body positioning
  • Gait pattern

To learn more about our physical therapy, call us today: (703) 496-4371