When I started this practice back in 2008, it was my intention to solely provide assessments and treatment for children with Dyspraxia / Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Over the years I have, indeed, successfully treated many of these children and I am proud to constantly improve the level of care and expertise I am able to provide as I develop my knowledge and skills.
However, over the years, I have also attracted many young patients with conditions which either commonly co-exist with Dyspraxia (such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia) or which share some common symptoms and thus benefit from the same treatment methods:
Most of the children I treat have handwriting difficulties (even if that was not why their parents initially contacted me). Early intervention will minimize the impact on a child's academic performance. My aim as a physiotherapist is to assess each individual child's underlying difficulties and develop a targeted treatment programme to address those defecits which impact on the child's handwriting. Read more...
Research has shown an association between motor difficulties and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. I therefore routinely screen for joint hypermobility during the Dyspraxia Assessment. If Joint Hypermobility Syndrome is detected, physiotherapy treatment can be targeted at improving muscle strength and core stability, correcting the movement of individual joints and improving balance, proprioception and posture.
Dyslexia is the most common Specific Learning Difficulty and is thought to affect about 10% of the population. When I work with a child to improve their trunk strength/core stability, bilateral and reciprocal integration, ocular-motor control and primitive reflex integration, I typically observe improvements in other areas of development too, including their reading, writing and academic progress.
Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for children with ASD, targeting common problems such as low muscle tone, poor strength and coordination, difficulty with motor planning, balance problems and toe walking. Primitive reflex integration and Therapeutic Listening can also be particularly helpful for children with ASD.
Children with Developmental Delay are late to achieve the normal developmental milestones. Physiotherapy can help these children to develop gross and fine motor skills and improve their posture, motor control, muscle strength, balance and coordination.