Physiotherapists are often involved with children who have a range of physical difficulties. Some of the children that they see especially those affected with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophies and encephalopathies may also have additional social & communication difficulties that sometimes fulfill criteria for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It’s therefore extremely important that they are able to pick up the common indicators of autism and refer these children for a comprehensive assessment. It has also been argued that motor co-ordinations problems are present in ASD to a significant extent, which means that physiotherapists would also have an extremely important role in its management.
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