Occupational Therapy for Autism

Occupational therapy helps people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 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

The American Occupational Therapy Association offers several resources related to occupational therapy and autism External Web Site Policy.


  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.
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