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How is occupational therapy useful for evaluation with autism?

Related Topics: Autism, Occupational Therapy

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The therapist observes children to see if they can do tasks they are expected to do at their ages. These might relate to certain self-help skills, such as getting dressed. Or they might involve knowing how to play a game. Sometimes, it helps to videotape a child during the normal course of the day. This will help the occupational therapist better assess what is needed for care. With the tape, the therapist might learn about the child’s reactions to the environment. For example the therapist might note any of the following:

  • attention span and stamina
  • transition to new activities
  • play skills
  • need for personal space
  • responses to touch or other types of stimuli
  • motor skills such as posture, balance, or manipulation of small objects
  • aggression or other types of behaviors
  • interactions between the child and caregivers.

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