Occupational Therapy (OT) brings together cognitive,
physical and motor skills. The aim of OT is to enable the individual to gain
independence and participate more fully in life. For a child with autism, the
focus may be on appropriate play, learning, and basic life skills.
occupational therapist will evaluate the childs development as well as the
psychological, social and environmental factors that may be involved. The
therapist will then prepare strategies and tactics for learning key tasks to
practice at home, in school, and other settings. Occupational therapy is
usually delivered in 30 minute to one hour sessions with the frequency
determined by the needs of the child. Goals of an OT program might include
independent dressing, feeding, grooming, and use of the toilet, as well as
improved social, fine motor and visual perceptual skills.