Posture and Gait issues in individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Proper alignment of bones and joints is prerequisite to stabilize body motion during both static standing and dynamic walking.  It is known that in individuals with (ASD) have a reduced perception of their body movement or shift relative to their own postural sway boundary.

In Rehab we often hear clinical issues such as fatigue, awkwardness, clumsiness and instability of their foot and ankle as well as hip joint.

1. Standing consistently on the same leg.  Shortening it functionally and eventually creating true leg length discrepancy. Creating distortions at the spine, and foot an ankle.

2. Standing and shifting weight bearing looking for stability.  Creating distortions at the hip, knee and foot region. 

3. Focusing on good posture is important part of therapy.  Yoga integration: Tadasana - near a wall.

4 and 5. Practicing even weight bearing on lower extremities through Yoga integration: Prasarita Padottanasana.

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 Weight  bearing  mostly on one leg.  

Weight

bearing

mostly on one leg.  

 Shifting weight from side to side.   

Shifting weight from side to side.

 

 In addition to offering custom braces and orthotics, we suggest some adapted yoga asanas such as Tadasana and Prasarita Padottanasana.

In addition to offering custom braces and orthotics, we suggest some adapted yoga asanas such as Tadasana and Prasarita Padottanasana.