Occupational Therapy For Independent Living
According to various Occupational Therapy Associations, Occupational Therapy helps individuals achieve and hone skills which allow them to live an independent life. These are skills that can be specifically targeted to children and adults within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders.
Occupational therapy is widely used for helping accident and stroke victims, which may have suffered brain dammage and or physical injuries, regain their motor skills which may have been affected due to their injuries.
Occupational therapy is also widely used for children who may have developmental delays. Occupational therapy can help the child by improving their day to day living skills such as handwriting, tying shoe laces, dressing themselves, and even for play.
Occupational Therapy Helps Children With Autism
How can Occupational Therapy help children within the Autism Spectrum of Disorders?
It is well known that persons with autism often lack basic skills in socializing and motor skills associated with day to day independent living, as well as sensory integration (difficulty processing information through the senses).
Occupational Therapy uses techniques which have been developed to help the child or person with autism, to better control their bodies and minds to achieve the skills required for independent living in all aspects such as:
- Structured play activities which instruct and help the child in communication and socializing skills with others. Floortime is an example of a play therapy developed to build intellectual and emotional skills as well as physical skills.
- Interventions to help the child respond appropriately to the information communicated by their senses. Examples of intervention may include, playing with shaving foam, swinging on a swing, playing bat and ball, it can be a swag of different activities.
- Develop strategies to assist the individual deal with changes, such as from one setting to another, to different persons they encounter, and the different phases of their lives. For a child with autism this could be ways of managing the different setting from school to home etc.
- Working with the child to overcome or work around specific individual disabilities as a result of their autism.
Seek Out a Good Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapy can deal with many facets of disabilities and delayed development. It is always a good idea to do your homework and look and ask around for an Occupational Therapist that specializes in children and or children with autism.
Isybee has been going to a fantastic Occupational Therapist for quite a few years, she enjoys it so much she counts down the days to her next session. This is always a good sign of a therapist that is good for your child. Isybee has a great time and enjoys every minute of her time there without exception, we can see that she has developed many life, sensory and play skills as a result.
And as we always say – the best way for a child to develop and learn is to have fun while doing so.
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