Autism Spectrum Disorder
Resource for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder
Autism spectrum disorder is a diagnosis that is associated with developmental, behavioral, and psychological symptoms and conditions. To request an appointment, please fill out the form below. Below the form is information on our pediatric occupational therapy program for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Visit our Synergy team here.
Children tend to feel less stressed when parents are accepting and comforting when they are feeling ‘out of control’ or uncomfortable. Respecting your child’s needs and preferences with regards to their sensory deprivation is often comforting to your child.
Personalized Parents Training
Personalized parent training is an essential tool for our pediatric therapy program. This training is not exclusive to parents, but also caregivers, baby sitters, grandparents, IEP staff etc. Anyone who is directly involved within the child’s life.
- Sensory processing issues and triggers
- Action and reaction to behavior
- Grooming and hygiene routine
- School and activity routine
- Social Interaction
- Language and communication
- Food diversity and feeding
- ASD is 4 times more common in males than females.
- As of 2016, ASD affects 1 in 68 children. 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.
- Autism is found throughout the world and amongst all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- If a family has a child with ASD, there is a 3% chance that the second child will also have ASD.
Pediatric Therapy Program Overview
Therapy from an occupational therapist team helps children and adults work on cognitive, physical, social, and motor skills. The goal is to develop and improve everyday skills and tasks to function independantly moving forward.
Synergy Therapeutic group focuses on learning strategies, developmental strategies, sensory processing issues, and self care. The occupational therapist will evaluate each child’s current level of ability and skill. The evaluation observes each area including:
- Cares for themselves
- Interaction with parents
- Interacts with their environment
The evaluation will also identify any obstacles that prevent the child from participating in any typical day-to-day activities.
The evaluation will identify the strengths and struggles each indivual is experiencing. In addition, the occupational therapist will evaluate and identify the root cause of the symptoms that are expressed (ie. developmental delay, behavioral problems, and other problems). Based on this evaluation, the therapist creates goals and strategies that will allow the person to work on key skills.
- Build skill to perform independent activities
- Overcoming sensory issues (hyperactivity and hypoactivity)
- Daily tasks for grooming
- Eating and diversifying food choices
- Improve social and communication skills among family and peers
- Potty training and hygiene
- School readiness
- Improve focus and transition between activities
- Fine motor skills like writing, coloring, and cutting with scissors
Pediatric occupational therapy usually involves half-hour to one-hour sessions. The number of sessions per week is based on individual needs. Consult the evaluating therapist for the treatment plan and goals.
The person with autism may also practice these strategies and skills outside of therapy sessions at home and in other settings including school.
Our pediatric occupational therapist are specifically trained to address feeding and swallowing challenges in patients with autism. They can evaluate the particular issue a person is dealing with and provide treatment plans for improving feeding-related challenges.
For specific topics and information, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/information-topic
Attention Deficit Disorders
Attention deficit disorders are believed to have a neurological base and include symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity, and poor safety awareness, difficulty completing tasks, poor interpersonal awareness, emotional liability and hyperactivity. The occupational therapist may observe issues including decreased motor precision, varying levels of arousal or alertness, impaired play development and motor planning issues. Many times sensory issues may be labeled as ADD. Treatment typically involves a sensory integrative approach.