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How can someone obtain occupational therapy services for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

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You can get occupational therapy (OT) services for someone with autism spectrum disorder privately, through a statewide early childhood intervention program, or at school. The law requires schools to provide certain types of OT to those who need it. Private insurance also usually covers OT, and Medicaid may cover it for autism. Typically, school-based OT works toward educational goals, such as improving handwriting. Private therapy will be more medically intensive.

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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