Understanding and Supporting Interoception in Occupational Therapy: Case Studies

Interoception, often referred to as the “eighth sense,” plays a crucial role in how individuals perceive and respond to their internal bodily signals. This sense is essential for self-regulation, emotional awareness, and overall well-being. For occupational therapy practitioners, understanding interoception and its impact on daily functioning is vital for providing effective interventions, particularly in pediatric … Read more

Sensory-Based Occupational Therapy Interventions for At-Home and Schools

Sensory-based interventions are essential tools in supporting the development and well-being of young children, particularly those with sensory processing challenges. However, the effectiveness of these interventions can be significantly enhanced through creativity. By thinking outside the box and personalizing sensory activities, parents, educators, and occupational therapists can create engaging, enjoyable, and therapeutic experiences that resonate … Read more

Tips on Connecting with Ausistic Toddlers in Early Intervention for Occupational Therapy

Establishing meaningful connections with autistic toddlers is a fundamental aspect of early intervention occupational therapy. These connections serve as the foundation upon which therapy is built, facilitating engagement, communication, and growth. Through various strategies and approaches, therapists aim to create a supportive and nurturing environment where toddlers feel understood, valued, and empowered. By fostering trust, … Read more

Autistic Neurodiversity: Overview Table of ABA vs Occupational Therapy Interventions

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.

Eye Contact is Not Everything for Autism and Occupational Therapy Interventions

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.

Recognizing the Validity of All Communication in Autism with Occupational Therapy Interventions

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.

How to Get a Kiddo to Get a Haircut – Occupational Therapy Intervention

Navigating the realm of toddler haircuts unveils a sensory challenge, where the unfamiliar setting, buzzing clippers, and tactile sensations converge, often triggering resistance and anxiety; however, occupational therapy offers practical strategies—from gradual desensitization to sensory-friendly tools and the power of social learning—to transform the experience into a smoother, more positive journey for both toddlers and parents alike.

Big List of Sample Goals for ADLs in Occupational Therapy Physical Disabilities for Acute Care / SNF / Acute Rehab / Home Health

Bed Mobility and Transfers 1. The patient will independently turn side to side within the bed three times during each 8-hour shift over the next two weeks to prevent pressure ulcers and improve overall comfort and well-being. 2. The patient will independently perform a sit-to-stand transfer from the bed to a chair with minimal verbal … Read more