What is OT?
OT stands for occupational therapy and is a type of therapy that can help with physical, sensory and cognitive difficulties. The aim of occupational therapy is to allow people to do everyday tasks and make sure they can access and take part in meaningful activities.
As well as helping and supporting autistic people with day to day difficulties, occupational therapists can also input into the assessment process when someone is pursuing an autism diagnosis. Occupational therapists can also help develop appropriate reasonable adjustments at school or work.
Because the remit of an occupational therapist is quite broad, the specifics of sessions with them can vary quite a lot. You may see an occupational therapist at a hospital or GP surgery, or they may visit you at home, school, or work. They will talk to you about your needs so the first session will often be a lot of talking and answering questions. After they have all the information they need, they will decide how to help.
Does OT help autistic people?
OT can be a very helpful therapy for many autistic people who need support for a variety of reasons.
Some of the things OTs can help with are:
- Creating a sensory profile
- Creating a sensory diet
- Suggesting reasonable adjustments for school or work
- Gross motor skills
- Fine motor skills (e.g. handwriting)
- Living independently
See our ‘how to recognise a good therapist’ page for some tips on finding the right fit for you.