Hilary Hart, Senior Occupational Therapist at NHS Tayside, gives us her top 5 tips on providing occupational therapy to autistic people.
Author: Hilary Hart
Top 5 tips
1. Be mindful of sensory issues. Bright lights, noises, smells and disorganised environments can have a huge impact on an individuals' functioning. Often, small changes to an individual's environment can make a huge difference to how they cope.
2. Communication. Give people time to communicate. If one method of communication doesn't work, try another. Keep things straightforward and leave time for processing.
3. Organisation. For some people written information works best, others may prefer to receive information by e-mail. Diaries and calendars can help with appointments and organisation.
4. Education. There is lots of information out there. Learning about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will help individuals understand themselves and their preferences, and enable them to discover their own personal strategies for coping.
5. Individuality. Everyone is different. Some strategies will work for some people, whilst others will respond to different methods. Encourage individuals to learn what works best for them. Every therapeutic relationship is unique.
Date added: 22 February 2016