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Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It helps to desensitize children with autism to normal world stimulation such as the feeling of clothing, or sounds or smells or sensations in the mouth.

In brief: Yes
It helps to desensitize children with autism to normal world stimulation such as the feeling of clothing, or sounds or smells or sensations in the mouth.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Kek-Khee Loo
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree
In brief: OT is helpful
1) fine motor skills – hand coordination/manipulation.
May include skills required for education, eg. Writing. 2) self-help/adaptive skills – functions for daily living, eg. Dressing. 3) sensory reactivity – kids with autism often have sensory sensitivities (eg. May over-react to sounds not bothersome to others). 4) feeding difficulties – as related to sensory aversion or dexterity (eg. Spoon use).

In brief: OT is helpful
1) fine motor skills – hand coordination/manipulation.
May include skills required for education, eg. Writing. 2) self-help/adaptive skills – functions for daily living, eg. Dressing. 3) sensory reactivity – kids with autism often have sensory sensitivities (eg. May over-react to sounds not bothersome to others). 4) feeding difficulties – as related to sensory aversion or dexterity (eg. Spoon use).
Dr. Kek-Khee Loo
Dr. Kek-Khee Loo
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