AHU Occupational Therapy Program
Join the future occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistants from AdventHealth University (AHU) in raising funds to have a voice with legislators, to have access to the information and resources we need, to support research and medical discovery, and to help fund local services through the mission of Autism Speaks. Together, we can accomplish amazing things for people living with autism. Read below to find out more about our role as OT's with people living with autism:
Occupational therapy practitioners are distinctly qualified to support productive and meaningful participation in community activities that enhance quality of life for individuals with autism and their families. Because of their expertise in activity and environmental analysis, occupational therapy practitioners are particularly skilled in using evidence-based strategies to address self-regulation and sensory needs, adaptive skills, motor development, mental health, social participation, and daily life skills.
Occupational therapy practitioners work in natural settings where individuals with autism typically engage in daily activities, such as child care centers, schools, homes, worksites, adult day care, or residential settings, as well as clinical setting such as hospitals and private clinics. The role of the occupational therapy practitioner includes providing direct services, consulting and collaborating with others (including family members, educators, employers, or health team members), and advocating for modifications and accommodations that support community inclusion. One key role for occupational therapists is contributing to early detection of autism and making recommendations for services that are associated with positive outcomes.
Occupational therapy is foundational to developing skills for participation in life activities for individuals across the autism spectrum at all ages. Because individuals on the autism spectrum face challenges throughout their lives, occupational therapy practitioners focus on developing skills needed for successful transition to adulthood and on meaningful community engagement. Occupational therapy practitioners are distinctly positioned to provide support at any stage of life and to problem solve strategies to reduce barriers to successful community participation in meaningful activities (Lisa Crabtree, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Barbara B. Demchick, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, with contributions from the AOTA Autism Community of Practice).
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