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What are skills that occupational therapy may foster in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

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These are some skills that occupational therapy for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may foster:

  • Daily living skills, such as toilet training and grooming
  • Fine motor skills that can help with holding objects
  • Gross motor skills used for walking
  • Posture or perceptual skills, such as telling the differences between colors, shapes, and sizes
  • Awareness of the body and its relation to others
  • Visual skills for reading and writing
  • Play, coping, self-help, problem-solving, and social skills

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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