Autism Support at Orthotics Plus

At Orthotics Plus, we understand the unique challenges that individuals with autism face, and we are dedicated to providing specialised orthotic solutions to enhance their quality of life.

Autism is a developmental and neurological condition that can have varying levels of impact on an individual’s physical and sensory functions. Our team of experienced orthotists is here to address these challenges and provide tailored orthotic support to improve mobility, comfort, and overall well-being.

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Understanding Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that affects individuals in various ways and is highly prevalent. ASD is highly varied, as it manifests differently in each person.

Impact on Physical Function – How Autism Affects the Body

The reasons behind the increased likelihood of specific physical challenges in individuals with autism are complex and multifaceted. Some contributing factors include:

  • Flat Feet: Flat feet can lead to posture and gait issues.
  • Toe Walking: Toe walking is common among those with autism, affecting their overall mobility.
  • Low Muscle Tone: Low muscle tone, known as hypotonia, is often observed in individuals with autism. Hypotonia can contribute to challenges in muscle control and coordination, affecting posture, gait, and overall physical functioning.
  • Sensory Processing Differences: Sensory processing issues are common in autism. Individuals with autism may experience hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to sensory stimuli, impacting their ability to interpret and respond to sensory information accurately. This can affect coordination, balance, and overall motor function.
  • Repetitive Behaviors: Some individuals with autism engage in repetitive behaviours. These behaviours can impact the development of typical motor patterns and contribute to physical challenges over time.
  • Motor and Coordination Differences: Individuals with autism may have differences in motor planning and coordination. This can affect the development of typical motor skills, such as walking and balance.

It’s important to note that while certain physical challenges are observed more frequently in individuals with autism, not every person with autism will experience these issues.

How Orthotists Can Help

At Orthotics Plus, we offer specialised orthotic solutions to address the unique needs of individuals with autism:

  • Foot Orthotics: We provide custom-designed foot orthotics to correct flat feet and improve overall posture.
  • AFOs (Ankle-Foot Orthoses): For individuals with toe-walking tendencies, AFOs and SMOs (supramalleolar orthoses) can help provide stability and correct gait.
  • Sensory-Friendly Insoles: Our insoles come with various textures and cushioning options to accommodate sensory preferences.
  • Appropriate Footwear: We recommend suitable footwear to ensure comfort and independence for our clients.

Creating a Comfortable Clinic Environment

We understand that sensory sensitivities are unique to each individual. To provide a comfortable and accommodating experience, we:

  • Maintain a quiet and sensory-friendly clinic environment.
  • Tailor our orthotic solutions to suit individual sensory preferences.
  • Collaborate closely with caregivers to understand specific behaviours and requests we may be asked to adhere to.

Collaboration is essential to ensuring the best possible outcomes for individuals with autism. Our approach involves:

  • Careful assessment of the patient’s needs and challenges.
  • Coordination with other healthcare professionals to address all aspects of the condition.
  • Realistic communication about the expected outcomes of orthotic intervention.

Orthotics Plus is also a registered NDIS provider and we strive to offer an excellent experience to NDIS participants attending our clinics.

Adapting Orthotic Support Over Time

For children with autism, their orthotic needs may change as they grow. We understand the importance of flexibility in adapting to these changes. Our services encompass:

  • Periodic assessments and adjustments to accommodate growth and changes in mobility.
  • Ensuring orthotic solutions align with the evolving needs of each individual.
  • Helping NDIS participants understand how their funding can be utilised for Orthotics over the years whilst providing choice and control
  • Informing patients of changes in Assistive Technology that may help them achieve their goals

Contact Orthotics Plus

Orthotics Plus is committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with autism by providing specialised orthotic support.

Our experienced team aim to improve mobility, comfort, and overall well-being.

If you or a loved one is seeking orthotic solutions for autism-related challenges, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Together, we can take steps towards a more comfortable and mobile life.

To get started with us, please use our clinic locations or referrals pages, everybody is welcome to make an inquiry.

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