Autism and Posture: Posture-Care and Rehab-Yoga

About the Course: 
The information in this presentation would open clinicians to the opportunity to assess and treat the posture of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individuals with ASD have a diminished perception of their body movement and postural orientation; as a result, they often sit, stand, and walk with postural impairment. Studies of the postural profile of children with ASD report a deviation from the typical age-matched population in regard to leg length discrepancy, kyphosis, lumbar scoliosis, and genu valgum. This presentation provides a review of how to observe and record standing posture in children and adults with ASD. In this presentation, a therapist will learn visual observation and reporting that is based on a UK method of Posture and Posture Ability scale. The presentation will also present yoga-based exercises that clinicians can easily implement in treatment. It will focus on the prevention and improvement of abnormal posture impairments so to allow for better functional activities. 

Course Objectives: 
At the end of this course the participant will be able to: 
  • Recognize how lack of information on base body shape or postural issues in studies of Posture Control of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can change the conclusion of these studies. 
  • Recognize the importance of getting information on posture and how it feels from individuals with ASD directly: "good posture" = extremely uncomfortable + sensory overload”. 
  • Identify reasons that individuals with ASD give for staying in poor posture such as: kind of mindblindness Poor proprioception
  • Recognize Kendall’s consequence of postural abnormality of progressive weakness and reduced function. 
  • Recognize Kendall’s definition of Standing Posture as a composite of the positions of all the joints of the body at any given moment, muscle balance, and anatomical standing position. 
  • Recognize that UK scale of Posture and Posture Ability can be used to help therapists assess the posture of a person with ASD. 
  • Identify the proper answer on different items in the Posture and Posture Ability scale when 3 of 58 assessing the posture of an individual with ASD.  
  • Recognize the use of a visual art term of Contrapposto can be easily used when assessing the standing posture of an individual with ASD. 
  • Identify how body shape changes take place as a result of abnormal posture of a person with Leg Length Discrepancy 
  • Recognize the limited role of clinicians in the treatment of individuals on ASD and how to expand this role by attending and treating abnormal posture. 
About the Instructor: 
Dalia Zwick is a physical therapist with an advanced PhD degree in Pathokinesiology from New York University School of Education - Physical Therapy Program. Her special interest and focus are Posture and Posture Care. In addition, she also specializes in orthotics and shoe wear needs of individuals with disabilities. Her approach integrates yoga into rehabilitation where postural alignment and use props are main elements. She is an advanced practitioner of Iyengar Yoga and traveled a few times to India exploring the therapeutic approach of this discipline. She received training in Postural Care in 2012 and in 2013 in the UK from the UK leaders in Postural Care. She has an extensive clinical and didactic experiences in the disciplines of neuropathology and neurodevelopment rehabilitation of individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities. Dalia Zwick published in peer reviewed and other publications. She presented in national and international conferences and local workshops and seminars.

This course is a video, on-demand course.