14 Feb Sensory Processing Disorder: Occupational Therapy Demonstration
Autism can often be accompanied by a host of sensory issues. Occupational therapy can be a powerful tool in helping sensory disorders, assisting children with adjusting their motor skills and becoming more coordinated.
This video takes us through an occupational therapy session with Sophia, a four year old girl with Sensory Processing Disorder.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Sophia has Sensory Processing Disorder, which means that she requires increased amounts of input and sensory experiences in order to keep calm throughout the day.
- Weighted vests, bracelets and anklets help Sophia have a better sense of her body in space, keep her grounded and slow her movement.
- Sophia exhibits immature grasping technique, which can lead to increased fatigue and reduced control when holding writing or eating utensils.
- Games involving PlayDoh, putty and tongs help improve her grasp patterns.
- Many activities include performing a task to help with something such as grasping or hand-eye coordination while simultaneously sitting or walking on an unstable surface to facilitate balance and core strength.
- Sophia has trouble slowing down, so certain games require her to move at a slow, controlled pace.
Occupational therapy can help with all kinds of sensory issues and is a great resource for your loved one with autism. Interested in learning about more available therapies for your autistic child or teen? Visit our Free Video Library to see our videos about therapy options.