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February 2, 2022

How Occupational Therapy Can Help Individuals with Autism

Autism in Children

Autism is a disorder that impacts a child’s communications skills and their ability to interpret and respond to social cues within their environments. Each child on the autism spectrum is different, but most individuals benefit from occupational therapy intervention.

Occupational Therapy Intervention

Children on the autism spectrum struggle with picking up social cues and imitating actions, so they often struggle with learning new skills including dressing and hygiene activities. They are often over or under responsive to sensory input and often express these challenges through negative behaviors. Children with autism can benefit from occupational therapy to address difficulties with everyday activities like:

  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Brushing teeth
  • Picky eating
  • Using utensils for feeding
  • Transitioning between activities and environments
  • Sleeping
  • Handwriting
  • Organizational skills
  • Completing household chores (cleaning up toys, putting dishes in the sink)
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Sensory processing challenges

A skilled occupational therapist can assist with finding solutions to sensory processing challenges and create a sensory diet. A sensory diet is a series of activities done daily to better assist an individual with tolerating sensory input, transitions, and routine activities.  

Katy R, OTR

Katy is an OT at Curative New Berlin Therapies.

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