Children with autism may benefit from working with a registered/licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L). An occupational therapist is a trained and licensed healthcare professional who collaborates with the family, the individual (when appropriate), and the intervention team to set intervention goals in the areas of activities of daily living (e.g. dressing, self-care), instrumental activities of daily living (e.g. use of a computer, care of personal belongings), education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. The OTR/L evaluates performance to understand what interferes with desired performance of the skill and uses that information to build an individually tailored treatment plan. An OTR/L is trained in various intervention approaches and may provide direct services to an individual or serve consultatively. Regardless, they should always work closely with other members of the treatment team.
Learn more about how OT can help your child with autism: American Occupational Therapy Association