Open Access Research Article

Usefulness of Toys in Neurodevelopmental disorders-A Survey amongst Physiotherapists

Rucha R Gadgil1 and Isha S Akulwar2*

1Student of M.P.Th. in Neurosciences, Institute: K. J. Somaiya college of Physiotherapy, Mumbai, India

2M.P.Th. in Neurosciences, Associate Professor in Neurosciences Physiotherapy Institute: K. J. Somaiya college of Physiotherapy, Mumbai, India

Corresponding Author

Received Date: October 01, 2019;  Published Date: October 10, 2019


Background: Neuromuscular disorders create profound movement disorders in children affecting their development physically and mentally. Considering the challenging circumstances of pediatric population with developmental disorders therapeutic toys can prove to be beneficial in therapy in achieving both functional goals and psychological goals. This study aimed to assess Physiotherapists’ knowledge of use of therapeutic toys as an approach in therapy of children with developmental disabilities.

Method: A semi-structured, self-administered questionnaire prepared on Google Forms was circulated among physiotherapists having experience in pediatric physiotherapy via social media. Data analysis was done by Google spreadsheet.

Results: 102 physiotherapists responded. 99% were using toys with 80% using them constructively. 38% reported they did not know the impairments that can be targeted and properties that could be useful. 56% said there was no evidence of toys in therapy.

Conclusion: Awareness regarding therapeutic use of toys is required in pediatric physiotherapists.

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