Autism is generally characterised by difficulty communicating and developing relationships with other people through language and abstract concepts
Autism is generally characterised by difficulty communicating and developing relationships with other people through language and abstract concepts and will typically present in early childhood. It has also been found that children with Autism may have difficulty performing and developing gross motor skills, coordination and balance are all factors that contribute to gait patterns.
How can Blueprint Podiatry assist individuals with autism spectrum in improving their gross motor skills and gait patterns?
At Blueprint Podiatry, we understand that children with autism spectrum may experience challenges developing gross motor skills, coordination, and balance, which can impact their gait patterns. Our experienced podiatrists can provide personalised treatment plans that may include orthotic therapy and footwear advice. These interventions aim to improve stability, proprioception, and gait mechanics, ultimately enhancing overall motor function and coordination.
What is the role of the unweighted harness system provided by Blueprint Podiatry in supporting individuals with autism?
Blueprint Podiatry utilises an unweighted harness system that allows children with autism to walk and run without the risk of falls. The harness works by providing support and stability, reducing the impact on joints, and enhancing balance and proprioception. This innovative system helps individuals with autism develop confidence in their movements and improve their overall mobility.
How can Blueprint Podiatry address sensory sensitivities and walking difficulties commonly experienced by individuals with autism?
Children with autism may have sensitivities to certain textures, including socks and different surfaces when walking barefoot. Our podiatrists at Blueprint Podiatry take these sensitivities into account when providing footwear advice. We consider sensory preferences and recommend suitable footwear options that accommodate individual needs, ensuring comfort and promoting a more natural walking experience.
Can orthotic therapy benefit individuals with autism spectrum?
Yes, orthotic therapy can be beneficial for individuals with autism spectrum. Our podiatrists can assess and prescribe custom orthotic devices designed to support the feet, improve stability as well as proprioception, and enhance overall biomechanics. Orthotics can help address issues such as toe walking, pronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot), and other gait abnormalities commonly observed in individuals with autism, promoting more efficient and comfortable walking patterns.
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