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.

Fidgeting vs. Stimming in Autism

This post will use identify-first language, e.g., Autistic person, as the community overwhelmingly prefers this language, and the capital A is in accordance with APA recommendations. You may or may not have heard of the term ‘stimming’, which is a colloquial term for motor stereotyped behaviors such as finger-flicking, hand flapping, and rocking back and … Read more

Stereotypy vs. Stimming: Restricted & Repetitive Behaviors in Autism (ASD) | Occupational Therapy Interventions

This article will use identity-first language based on the community’s preference for such language in accordance with the APA’s recommendations. Introduction Restricted and repetitive behaviors (RRBs) are one of the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The other core symptoms of autism include deficits in communication and social interaction. RRBs include stereotyped behaviors such … Read more

Evidence-Based & Supported Sensory Integration Interventions for Autism | Occupational Therapy Practice

Not all Sensory Integration interventions are effective or supported by the latest evidence. Introduction This is not to say that sensory integration as a whole is not effective. Even still, as occupational therapists should strive to be holistic – research suggests that a top-down approach/perspective instead should at least be considered in addition to SI … Read more

COVID-19 Challenges to Autism (ASD) for Adults – Occupational Therapists Recomendations

Introduction As the omicron variant is on the rise in the US, reports of it affecting the younger population are a concern. Adults with ASD continue to face difficulties in managing their day-to-day life due to factors such as economic instability, job security, mental health, physical health, and overall uncertainty. Here are some ways you … Read more