Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may impact on a persons ability to do what they want, need or have to do in their every day life. OUR THERAPIES Occupational Therapists’ (OTs) frequently work with individuals to develop goals that incorporate their strengths, respect their individual identity, and place them central to any therapeutic relationship.

The inclusion of the word ‘Spectrum’ is used to emphasise that autism presents differently in every single person. As OT’s we work with, and place any person at the centre of their treatment. We aim to practice in a neuro-affirming framework and acknowledge the importance of respecting self-identity and values of the individual in our interventions. By this, we believe that the autistic person is their own expert in what they need and are in the best position to guide us. As a whole, we believe that a person’s identity is central to who they are and must be respected and valued within the therapeutic relationship.

Occupational Therapists recognise that as humans we function within broader systems. With permission, we welcome the involvement of significant others. This may include: families, friends, schools or others to support working towards goals.

A person’s OT journey may include some of the following:

  • Development of collaborative treatment and life goals
  • Routine development
  • Fine and gross motor skill development in relation to everyday activities such as school tasks
  • Sensory Processing Assessments, Sensory plans and interventions
  • Functional ADL retraining – maximising independent living skills
  • Public transport and community access training
  • Parenting Skills
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Coping strategies to help manage the effects of symptoms on everyday life, for example anxiety management
  • Assistance to incorporate healthy habits and routines in your week, to support wellness and recovery
  • Development of Wellness and Safety Plans
  • Assessment of physical home environment
  • Modifications or adaptions in their environment
  • Support in skill development
  • Building or consolidating acceptance of self.