In the realm of therapeutic approaches for individuals on the autism spectrum, a profound distinction arises between Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Occupational Therapy (OT) with Neurodiversity-Affirming Approaches. The table below illuminates the stark contrasts in philosophy, goals, communication focus, and various facets of intervention strategies employed by these two methodologies.
If you do a Google search for keywords ‘eye contact’ + ‘autism’, the top search results all suggest ways to increase eye contact for Autistic people. Is this the best way, especially in occupational therapy? It appears to be no because the Autism community largely disagrees with this practice and approach. This article describes alternatives and why a different approach should be used to promote client-centered practice in early intervention for Autistic toddlers.
Communication is a fundamental aspect of human interaction, yet within the autism spectrum, it takes on a unique and diverse form. This article explores the importance of acknowledging and respecting various modes of communication within the autism community, including behaviors, non-verbal cues, body language, and echolalia. Additionally, we will delve into how occupational therapy interventions can enhance these communication forms.