We all know that Occupational therapy is great for helping People with ASD but do you know the top 3 activities our OT’s use to help our clients to achieve their goals?
It is estimated that 1 in 70 people in Australia are on the autism spectrum
Being on the Autism spectrum can cause numerous challenges to the person including how a person thinks, feels, interacts with others, and experiences their environment. It is a lifelong disability that starts when a person is born and stays with them into old age. Every Autistic person is different to every other. This is why autism is described as a ‘spectrum’.
Without the right supports every everyday activities like playing with friends or going to the shops can be overwhelming, confusing and frustrating.
The 3 difficulties our OT’s most commonly see our clients on the Autism spectrum struggling with are:
When the right services are provided to individuals on the spectrum they can learn how to manage or overcome these challenges.
At Active Life Therapies we strongly believe that the type of holistic therapy we provide is of the most benefit to individuals with ASD. Our clinic spaces are specifically designed to meet both the sensory and functional needs of our clients which can not be as effectively replicated in the community or school setting.
If you know an individual with ASD that could benefit from improving their social skills, emotional regulation and motor planning skills or any other activities or skills that they are struggling with attending OT sessions at Active Life Therapies will be extremely beneficial for them.
Our OT’s work on social skills by using lots of games which require turn taking and winning and losing or require listening skills and question asking. One of our favourite games that encapsulates all these skills is question Jenga. Each of the Jenga blocks has a question written on it which must be asked by the person that removes it and answered by the other players.
Emotional regulation is often a large part of our OT sessions. Once the child is well regulated they are better able to complete other activities, we can’t expect a child who is feeling full of energy to sit still and complete a writing task well. We use a number of techniques depending on the child's state to either settle them or bring their energy levels up. This can involve swings, lycra hammocks or running and crashing. Asking the child to rate how they are feeling on different scales relating to energy or mood helps them to learn to recognise these states and techniques used in our sessions can be transferred to home, school and out in the community to make the environments easier to navigate.
We love a good obstacle course at Active Life Therapies and these are the perfect way to help motor planning and ideation. We often let the client design part or all of the obstacle course themselves, then help them to problem solve how to complete the sequencing of actions. This increases both gross and fine motor skills and the different movements have the added advantage of providing more sensory input to develop those regulation skills again and valuable brain development.
If any of this relates to your child or someone hat you know who is on the autism spectrum you’ll be glad to hear we’re able to help with our Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy programs designed to work on social skills, emotional regulation and motor planning skills. Our clinic based programs are not only highly effective but also lots of fun, your child won't even realise what they’re doing is therapy.
You can make an appointment for your child to complete one of our clinic based programs by calling 8398 4681.
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Our practice works with clients throughout the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsular and Southern suburbs including the following :
Mount Barker, Stirling, Hahndorf, Murray Bridge, Victor Harbour, Meningie, Aldinga, Willunga, Morphett Vale.