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The Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism

Autism is classified as a developmental disorder that affects brain functions, creating social impairments, difficulty in communication and restricted behavioral patterns. While there is a wide spectrum of the severity of autism, some autistic children could greatly benefit from occupational therapy services.

Children with autism typically suffer from sensory problems and are delayed in developing certain behaviors and social skills. Occupational therapy can help a child with their independence and competence because it focuses on the performance enhancement of daily activities.

Some of the challenges that occupational therapy can help a child with autism overcome include the following:

  • Feeding themselves
  • Getting dressed
  • Physical coordination
  • Playing and socializing
  • Sensory processing
  • Coping with being close to others
  • Overcoming repetitive routines
  • Fine motor skills
    • Using scissors
    • Writing

It should be understood that not all children with autism need occupational therapy services. When children do require services, there is no standardized approach for occupational therapy treatments and it is recommended to figure out which OT practices would be best for them. Hands on Fun OT can help you reinforce the occupational therapy techniques that your child practices at school in the comfort of your own home.


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