Occupational Therapy (OT) supports young people who have physical, sensory or cognitive needs. It supports young people to develop life skills that allow them to become more independent and carry out daily tasks that they might find difficult.
This might include support to help with:
- Using the toilet
- Fine or gross motor
Often young people with autism present with motor, perceptual or sensory challenges. They may be oversensitive to touch, noise or sound. Their attention and behaviour can be affected by these physical or sensory challenges.
Occupational Therapists provide specialist assessments to identify the underlying difficulties impacting on the young person’s function (for example motor, sensory or perceptual skills). They will then provide therapeutic intervention and recommend appropriate strategies to help children overcome these difficulties working closely with Resource Based staff and families so they are supporting all aspects of the young person’s life to enable them to be as successful as can be.