Occupational therapists can help children with Autism function better in both home and school environments. They possess knowledge of the underlying sensory issues these children may face. They also help equip parents on how to successfully manage any behavioral struggles their child may have.
Occupational therapists help build literacy skills and prepare children for school by addressing things like play, hand-eye coordination, attention, emotional regulation, handwriting, drawing, and cutting. These things all aid in successful performance at school.
Handwriting without Tears curriculum is designed to make legible and fluent handwriting an automatic, mastered skill. Leveled kits and curriculum guide individuals through tasks such as early multi-sensory handwriting instruction to perfecting cursive.
Sensory processing is the process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and the environment, thus making it possible to use the body effectively within the environment.
Sensory integration therapy is one technique used by occupational therapists (OTs). Through fun and play-based activities, OTs attempt to change how the brain reacts to touch, sound, sight and movement.
Sometimes, one sensory area is over responsive (hyperresponsive) while another needs more information (hyporesponsive). Sensory integration therapy can help to ‘balance’ and regulate an individual’s sensory system.
Feeding, eating and swallowing are activities of daily living (ADLs) that are fundamental in our lives. Occupational therapists provide essential services in the comprehensive management of problems that affect feeding, eating, and swallowing. OTs have a holistic perspective and intervention focuses on the components that enhance the individual’s ability to participate in eating and feeding.
Fine motor skills – finger dexterity, wrist and forearm control, and hand strength
Gross motor skills – balance and body coordination
Dressing, bathing and self-feeding.
Taking turns, listening, following directions, and appropriate behavior
Remembering letters, shapes and sequences. Occupational therapy can assist with improving and increasing cognitive skills for activities of daily living and academics.
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