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Occupational Therapy Month

Occupational Therapy Month
Posted on 04/05/2017

April is not only Autism Awareness month, it is also Occupational Therapy month. Here are some ways that an occupational therapist can help individuals with autism and other needs:

  • Evaluate an individual to determine whether he or she has accomplished developmentally appropriate skills needed in such areas as grooming and play and leisure skills.
  • Provide interventions to help an individual respond to information coming through the senses. Intervention may include developmental activities, sensory integration or sensory processing, and play activities.
  • Facilitate play activities that instruct as well as aid a child in interacting and communicating with others.
  • Devise strategies to help the individual transition from one setting to another, from one person to another, and from one life phase to another.
  • Collaborate with the individual and family to identify safe methods of community mobility.
  • Identify, develop, or adapt work and other daily activities that are meaningful to enhance the individual’s quality of life

From American Association for Occupational Therapy (AOTA.org)