Occupational Therapy for Autism
Autism, a developmental disability, is defined by behavioural characteristics. Primary features of autism are described as problems in language skills, play and social interaction. Symptoms begin during early childhood and distinctive incompetence and limited; repetitive behaviours are seen in the socio-communicative field. In addition to these primary features, individuals with autism generally have sensory processing and sensory integration dysfunction, which affect adaptive behaviour and participating daily activities. Many children with autism are unable to register many of the sensations from their environment. They cannot integrate those sensations to form a clear perception of space. Occupational therapy is one of the main protocols used by doctors for improving the social skill for autistic people.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a kind of medical services that assists with tackling the issues that impede an individual’s capacity to do the things that are essential to them like:
- Taking care of oneself – getting dressed, eating, moving around the house,
- Being useful – going to work or school, partaking locally
- Recreation exercises – sports, planting, social exercises.
OT can help them regain independence in all areas of their lives. Occupational therapists help with barriers that affect a child’s emotional, social, and physical needs. To do this, they use everyday activities, exercises, and other therapies.
Occupational Therapy (OT) makes improvement in the following areas:
- Attention span and stamina
- Transition to new activities
- Play skills
- Need for personal space
- Responses to touch or other kinds of stimuli
- Motor skills like posture, balance, or manipulation of small objects
- Aggression or other types of behaviours
- Interactions between the child and caregivers
At Jeevaniyam, We have the best treatment for occupational therapy in Kerala, India. Our Occupational therapists work as part of a team that includes doctors, parents, teachers, and other professionals. They help set specific goals for the children with autism. These goals often involve social interaction, behaviour, and classroom performance. The therapist watches children to see if they can do tasks they are expected to do at their ages – getting dressed or playing a game, for example. Sometimes, the therapist will have the child recorded during the day to see how the child interacts with people and things around them.