Will* is an 11 year old boy that has Autism, he is currently under the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and is undergoing regular speech and feeding sessions. Will*’s mom reported that he had low muscle tone and would tire quite easily. He displayed other symptoms of Autism that included poor age appropriate play and social skills.
Will* was assessed thoroughly for sensory and motor difficulties; he was experiencing poor posture and tiring easily as well as sensory inefficiencies. He would constantly chew on his chewy tube, lean on his mum and squirm on the bed. He had a short attention span and demonstrated poor eye contact and clapping when excited.
Within 2 weeks of therapy, his mom noticed less squirming and fatigue. His posture and strength had improved and after a few more sessions, we were able to almost totally wean Will* off the chewy tube. Now Will* is far more independent and active, he gets less tired and has more energy throughout the day. He has started to become less fearful and more exploratory and his play has begun to develop.
His therapy didn’t merely consist of core strengthening exercises, but a lot of sensory integration strategies to help him overcome his fears and inhibitions. Cases like Will* teach us that it is important to tap into the sensory systems to understand the root cause of weak muscles, poor posture and functional limitations.
Will* loves his sessions and never leaves without a hug. His teachers and other healthcare professionals are amazed and have noticed a large change in him.
*The name has been changed to protect the privacy of our client.