Physical therapy to help children with autism. Is this an open field?
Do you need more than one degree to help people on the autism spectrum using Physical Therapy? In example early ABA?
My brother is severly autistic and I would like to help others like him. #physical #physical-fitness #health-and-fitness #aba
Deborah R. Brandt, PT, DPT, CMA
Deborah R.’s Answer
If you want to become a physical therapist do that. You could then treat people with many different kinds of problems, including autism. If you want to do ABA you would need to get additional training in that. There are also other treatment approaches used with people who are autistic. You might want to get an additional degree, like psychology, or you might want to pursue certification or training that would be very valuable but not lead to an additional degree. You can learn more about your options once you get into a program. The website for the American Physical Therapy Association is https://www.apta.org/
Go to that website to find out how to get more information.
Your interest and desire would be an important contribution to your patients.