What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy aims to help individuals by addressing challenges in educational, sensory motor, and social emotional development that impacts engagement and participation in daily life activities.

Occupational therapy may help address difficulty with the following areas:

  • Self-help & Dressing
  • Hygiene & Grooming
  • Feeding & Eating
  • Academic and Non-Academic Activities
  • Extracurricular and Vocational activities
  • Play Participation
  • Sensory Integration & Sensory Processing
  • Motor Planning & Organization
  • Fine & Visual Motor Skills
  • Socialization

Benefits of OT

  • Development of sensory motor skills
  • Improved regulation in response to daily challenges
  • Greater independence and participation in daily life activities
  • Improved confidence in strengths and abilities

Our Services

At Autism Behavior Services, Inc.’s Occupational Therapy Clinic, our licensed therapists provide assessments, consultations, and treatment to address each individual’s goals in his/her areas of need including sensory integration, organization and motor planning, play, socialization, meal time participation, self-help, and hygiene.

Our occupational therapists utilize evidence-based practice by drawing upon their extensive training to provide specific, challenging therapeutic activities in the context of play and/or through natural opportunities with an aim to facilitate a person’s abilities and skills. Both individual and group services are available to facilitate meaningful occupational engagement in daily life activities.

How do I get started?

The first step in the process is to determine whether or not your loved one would benefit from receiving occupational therapy services at Autism Behavior Services, Inc.  Once we receive your inquiry, a member of our staff will contact you in order to gain a better understanding of your concerns and needs.  We ask that parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) complete the intake forms and return them to our office so that we can determine what would be the best assessment process for your loved one.

At Autism Behavior Services, Inc., we believe that quality services begin with in-depth assessments.  We utilize a variety of assessment tools as part of our occupational therapy evaluation process.  The occupational therapist conducting the evaluation will select the most appropriate tools based on the needs of the person being assessed, as well as the concerns shared by the parent(s), caregivers, and/or teacher(s).  Typically, we start with a developmental and sensory history and then we select appropriate standardized test instruments.

Specific therapy goals are established for each person based on evaluation results, clinical observations, and parent, caregiver, and/or teacher concerns; however, the overall goals of therapy for everyone is to improve sensory processing, motor performance, social participation, increase their overall level of functioning, and facilitate the acquisition of daily living skills.

The frequency of therapy is established based on evaluation results and clinical observations.