OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Additional therapies are available for children who
participate in the ABA Abilities program.


Here’s What You’ll Need

A prescription from a pediatrician or other specialist in Occupational Therapy.

In therapeutic terminology “occupations” refers to daily activities, ranging from dressing and self-feeding to regular hygiene. Occupational therapy helps with motor skills, balance, and coordination.

How Can We Help You?


Occupational Therapy

For children with developmental delays that affect movement and coordination, Occupational Therapy (OT) can be the difference between success in social and educational environments or falling behind their peers.

Occupational therapy helps children with daily activities, including the motor skills used in playing with toys, using utensils, drawing, dressing, and more.

Children with disorders like autism often need therapeutic assistance to master skills their peers will have as they reach school age. They often have difficulty with social interaction and communication. They may display restricted interests, repetitive behavior, and react stressfully in situations where noise, confusion, and overwhelming stimuli may be present.

It is thought that about 80% of children with autism have sensory processing problems, including an inability to filter out extraneous stimulation. This can make even typical social situations like school and play very difficult for the child to manage.

Sensory-based occupational therapy focuses on helping children with autism integrate their sensory systems through interactive, purposeful play, along with experiences like massage, and deep pressure therapy, which can be calming and help alleviate sensory processing issues.  In an educational setting, training can include activities like writing and computer skills.

Occupational Therapy is Provided by a degreed Occupational Therapist.

Occupational Therapists:

  • Have completed an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) with an additional 24 weeks of mentored practice experience.
  • Evaluate self-care, coordination and sensorimotor skills.
  • Help children take part in everyday activities, helping them develop skills for daily living and social interaction.
  • Teach how to adapt existing skills and movements in ways that help your child achieve other activities they may be having trouble with, from buttoning shirts and tying shoes to using utensils in a social setting.
  • Help families obtain and use assisting devices as may be needed, including things like wheelchairs and special toilet seats.
  • Review the child’s progress and adjust their treatment plans accordingly.

When creating an intervention plan, an occupational therapist performs an evaluation using both observation and reports from parents and teachers. They interview parents concerning their child’s ability to deal with relationships, as well as their capabilities with eating, self-care, and daily living skills.

Individualized Occupational Therapy will take place in-center at our facility for children participating in the ABA Abilities program who have a written order from their pediatrician or other specialist.

Call ABA Abilities for the help you need. 412-319-7371.