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Liliane Savard

PT, DPT, PCS

Liliane Savard, PT, DPT, PCS is a pediatric physical therapist with 20 years of experience working with children and their families in a variety of settings. She has developed an expertise in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is an alumnus of the VT-LEND program (autism specialty) and also completed a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Study of Disabilities. She owns a small private practice and provides school-based services and community-based health and wellness initiatives. Dr. Savard is an associate faculty at University of Vermont where she teaches pediatrics in the DPT program. An avid life-long learner, she pursues a PhD degree in Clinical and Translational Sciences at UVM. Her research focuses on motor learning in those with ASD to promote participation, communication and community inclusion.

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Physical Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presented by Liliane Savard, PT, DPT, PCS

Physical Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Providing physical therapy for children with autism can be particularly challenging given their unique social communication challenges and sensorimotor profiles. Individuals with autism have motor control challenges that make physical therapists uniquely positioned to contribute to the interdisciplinary team. In this course, we will discuss the clinical presentation of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. We will learn about motor development and motor challenges in autism. We will provide strategies to conduct a thorough physical therapy assessment and set realistic and meaningful intervention goals following the ICF model and a family centered approach. Finally, we will review evidence-based intervention strategies.

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Motor Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presented by Liliane Savard, PT, DPT, PCS

Motor Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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In this course, we will discuss motor learning strategies that can be used with children with ASD. We will review current level of evidence supporting these strategies. Gross motor play, exercise and carefully graded learning experiences using principles of motor learning offer another perspective to the motor behavior challenges observed in this population. Physical therapists' expertise in exercise, movement analysis, and motor learning is a strong addition to the interdisciplinary team serving children with autism.

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