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Posture and Gait Issues in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

PRESENTER: Dalia Zwick, PT, PhD

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices hosted a free autism workshop at Touro College in New York City on Tuesday, February 27th. Acclaimed Physical Therapy Specialist, Dalia Zwick, PhD, presented a therapeutic approach to the posture and gait issues in individuals with ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder. The room was filled with Physical Therapists, parents of autistic children, Special Education teachers, Early Intervention Specialists and other healthcare professionals.

This workshop focused on proper body alignment and physical positioning for children with Autism but was also very informative on general posture imbalances and the importance of correcting them. Most of the time, we aren’t aware of our slouching but over time it has an adverse affect. According to Dr. Zwick, “by the age of five, if something is being repeated, the body remembers it and becomes very difficult to correct”.

Her unique specialty was derived from her yoga practice as well as taking on an interest in sketching and animation to better understand correct body posturing whether it’s sitting, standing, walking, or even sleeping. The group participated in a few exercises to experience imbalanced strain, realignment and proper body positioning.

“By the age of five, if something is being repeated, the body remembers it and becomes very difficult to correct.”

For more information about Dalia Zwick and therapeutic positioning visit

Shema Kolainu – Hear our Voices, is a school and center for autism, an educational organization dedicated to the support and education of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and a leader in the field of special needs education. The workshop series is a great opportunity to gain knowledge from some of the best resources in the field of Autism. These Autism workshops are made possible by the NYC Council Autism Initiative Funding and are held are held throughout the year. The next workshop will be held on March 27th, features Sara Goldstein, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, presenting “AAC – Augmentative and alternative Communication.”

About Shema Kolainu Shema Kolainu is one of the sponsors of the ICare4Autism International Conference: Genes, Technology, and Clinical Care, to be held in November.

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