So, What is occupational therapy and how can it help my child?
Parents of children with Autism are often unsure of what Occupational Therapy is and why a child might need it. Children with Autism may experience delays in several areas of motor development, including fine motor skills. Fine motor skills can include things such as grasping, handwriting, cutting, button clothing, and so much more. In addition, this therapy works on a vast variety of daily living skills such as putting on one’s shoes and buttoning buttons on clothing. Occupational therapy increases these and related skills within therapy sessions.
How does Occupational Therapy occur?
At ABA Services, occupational therapy is a specialty of ours. Sessions are on a 1:1 ratio with our Occupational Therapist and last for 1 hour per week typically. Our occupational therapists work to improve these skills while providing a variety of goals that improve a child’s ability to complete a variety of tasks such as those listed. Using a variety of different strategies, occupational therapists improve a variety of skill areas, so that children can be as independent as possible in multiple areas of their development. Combining occupational therapy with our comprehensive program allows our integrated approach to developing these skills throughout the entire therapy day.
During the therapy session, your child will learn a variety of fine motor, gross motor, play skills, and daily living skills. These include a variety of areas such as those listed above as well as using zippers all the way to using utensils for eating. It can even include playing with a variety of toys as well as games to foster social development and developmentally applicable play skills. Children are assessed to determine their long and short-term goals. A child’s individual needs including their strengths and areas of need are all taken into consideration when creating goals. These goals are provided to you once the initial evaluation is completed