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.

The Autism F.I.R.S.T. clinical teams work 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 your toddler through teen in your home or virtually, via teletherapy. Your child’s physical therapist will collaborate with the entire Autism F.I.R.S.T. team weekly working towards common goals for your child.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Playground and Ball Skills
  • Task Oriented Movement Therapy
  • Gait Analysis and Training
  • Exercise and Strength Training
  • Balance and Coordination Development

COMMON DIAGNOSES

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Congenital Syndromes
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Gross Motor Delays
  • Toe Walking, Autism
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Joint Hypermobility
  • Hypotonia

PHYSICAL THERAPY EVALUATIONS

A recent evaluation from the past 6 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 can be assessed:

  • Developmental Milestones
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Strength & Balance
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Posture
  • Head and Body Positioning
  • Gait Pattern