Occupational Therapy

 
 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy can benefit a child with autism and related disabilities by improving the quality of life for the individual through successful and meaningful experiences. Occupational therapy involves the therapeutic use of work, self care, and play activities to increase independent function and enhance development. Using purposeful, fun and age-appropriate activities, the occupational therapist assists children in achieving important life tasks. A child needs occupational therapy when his or her ability to participate in and/or perform tasks (e.g. self-care, play, going to school, and social interaction) is affected or compromised by illness, disease, disability, or disorder. The therapy addresses the areas that interfere with the child's ability to complete daily life tasks.

Occupational therapy at The SEED Center Development addresses the following skills:

  •     Gross and fine motor skill development.
  •     Eye hand coordination skills.
  •     Self-care skills including: dressing, grooming, and eating.
  •     Sensory processing as related to functional performance in everyday life.
  •     Therapy includes creating sensory diets and collaborating with behavioral therapists and families.
  •     Engagement in meaningful activities with a variety of toys, games and tools with emphasis on interactive occupational skill acquisition.
  •     Expanding food choices, on an individual basis, using concepts from the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) and food chaining approaches.
Occupational therapists at The SEED Center have received training in Applied Behavior Analysis, allowing for consistency between team members. With this team approach, the child is practicing and learning new skills in a variety of settings. Our Occupational Therapists use evidenced-based practice to select activities that are most appropriate to the child.

Depending on his or her needs, your child may benefit from:

  •     A Sensory Diet based on sensory integration principles to be incorporated in their routine.
  •     The "Handwriting without Tears" program uses multi-sensory techniques and consistent habits for letter formation to teach beginning handwriting.
  •     Feeding and swallowing programs are designed to decrease oral sensitivities common to children with autism.

Occupational Therapy facilitates and improves motor, sensory, and cognitive skills through meaningful activity. These programs help children who experience difficulty with:

  •     Performing self-care activities including dressing, buttoning a shirt and tying shoes.
  •     Tolerating specific textures or flavors of food/drink, or gagging when new foods are introduced.
  •     Tolerating tactile input, not wanting to participate in "messy" activities, frustrated with textures of clothing, tags, seams or physical contact or avoiding soap or lotion.
  •     Fine motor activities such as handwriting, cutting with scissors, clothing fasteners (buttons, zippers, etc), or difficulty opening containers/jars.
  •     Initiating or completing tasks such as doing a simple puzzle, stringing beads or playing on a slide or swing.
  •     Cognitive tasks such as following instructions or classroom rules, problem solving, sequencing, patterning or organization.
  •     Attention and maintaining an optimal level of arousal throughout the day.
  •     Attention and maintaining an optimal level of arousal throughout the day.
  •     Balance, maneuvering on playground equipment, and lack of safety awareness.
  •     Tolerating changes in every day routine.
  •     Self calming.