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How can occupational therapy help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

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People who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have trouble communicating and interacting with other people. Their interests, activities, and play skills may be limited. Occupational therapists study human development and a person’s interaction with the environment. They can use occupational therapy to help people with autism develop skills that help them cope at home and in school.

SOURCES:

The American Occupational Therapy Association: ''Supporting Parents of Children With Autism: The Role of Occupational Therapy;''  ''Using Videotapes To Help Children With Autism;''  ''OT for Children With Psychosocial Deficits;''  ''AOTA Evidence Briefs: Efficacy of Sensory and Motor Interventions for Children with Autism;'' and ''Creating Evidence: Sensory Integration and Children With Autism.''

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: ''Description of Service Providers'' and ''Sensory Integrative Therapy (Sensory Integration, SI, or SIT).''

National Institute of Mental Health: ''Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders).''

Autism Speaks: ''Treatments for Autism.''

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

The American Occupational Therapy Association: ''Supporting Parents of Children With Autism: The Role of Occupational Therapy;''  ''Using Videotapes To Help Children With Autism;''  ''OT for Children With Psychosocial Deficits;''  ''AOTA Evidence Briefs: Efficacy of Sensory and Motor Interventions for Children with Autism;'' and ''Creating Evidence: Sensory Integration and Children With Autism.''

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: ''Description of Service Providers'' and ''Sensory Integrative Therapy (Sensory Integration, SI, or SIT).''

National Institute of Mental Health: ''Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders).''

Autism Speaks: ''Treatments for Autism.''

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 12, 2018

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