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How does occupational therapy help a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

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An occupational therapist can create a program to help your child respond better to their environment. Early, structured, individualized care seems to work best.

Occupational therapy may combine a variety of strategies, including:

  • Physical activities to help a child with coordination and body awareness
  • Play activities to help with interaction and communication
  • Developmental activities, such as brushing teeth and combing hair
  • Adaptive strategies, including coping with transitions

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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