Feb. 8, 2020, 3:38 a.m.

Autism – From The Perspective Of An Occupational Therapist

 From an Occupational Therapy perspective, when working with children with Autism, we can be involved in looking at how a child manages their daily routines and self-care (e.g. dressing, brushing teeth, eating); their fine motor skills (e.g. using scissors, tying shoelaces, drawing and writing); their sensory needs (e.g. being attentive, picky eating, wearing certain clothes); their visual perceptual skills (doing puzzles or dot-to-dots, orienting numbers and letters, finding objects in a busy environment); their emotions and behaviours (dealing with anger and anxiety, aggression); and their playing and socializing (e.g. eye-contact, sharing, functional or imaginary play). 

By incorporating different approaches (e.g. sensory integration, behavioral and cognitive techniques, adaptations and assistive equipment, task practice and skill building), we create personalized therapy plans to work on functional goals which are important to both the child and their family.

We believe that by working as a team with parents and other healthcare professionals to increase functional independence, social inclusion and engagement in meaningful activities, we can truly enhance a child’s quality of life.