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Occupational therapy helps people with autism spectrum disorder do everyday tasks by finding ways to work within and make the most of their needs, abilities, and interests.1

An occupational therapist might:1

  • Find a specially designed computer mouse and keyboard to ease communication
  • Teach personal care skills such as getting dressed and eating
  • Do many of the same types of activities that physical therapists do

  1. Case-Smith, J., & Arbesman, M. (2008). Evidence-based review of interventions for autism used in or of relevance to occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62, 412–429.

Last Reviewed: 12/18/2013
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