Occupational Therapy Goals


Occupational Therapy is concerned with the child’s ability to function and participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations”, according to their needs. Children’s occupations include self-care (dressing, eating, and personal hygiene), school activities, home chores, and play. Occupational therapy benefits children with autism by improving their skills required to participate in these activities.

Occupational Therapy Techniques

Occupational Therapy uses a client-centered approach: the intervention is tailored to the child’s strengths, weaknesses, and the family’s needs. Interventions can take place individually or in groups. Occupational therapists routinely address:

  • Attention
  • Behavior
  • Social skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Motor function
  • Play
  • Self-care

Additional information:

Websites:

http://www.aota.org/Practitioners/Resources/Docs/FactSheets/Children/38517.aspx

http://www.aota.org/Pubs/OTP/Features/2004/f-062804.aspx

http://www.aota.org/Consumers/Tips/Conditions/Autism/35155.aspx

http://www.aota.org/Pubs/OTP/Features/2006/f-111306.aspx

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