Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is usually delivered by a trained Occupational Therapist or physical therapist who then trains the family, the individual as well as other caregivers in a collaborative effort to improve a range of life skills and abilities depending on the needs. OT is beneficial for increasing independence and increasing quality of life for people with ASD conditions. Using OT methods, individuals can be assisted with daily living tasks at home, at school or in other programs.

Occupational Therapy Teaches:

  • self help and coping skills such as dressing, toilet training, grooming
  • fine motor skills such as learning to hold a pen or utensils
  • gross motor skills such as learning to walk properly or use an assistive device
  • physical exercise to improve motor skills
  • visual and perceptual skills needed for reading and writing
  • appropriate play skills
  • functional social skills
  • sensory integration

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