Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication.

Children on the autism spectrum often have sensory difficulties or sensitivities. This means they can have challenges processing sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, body position, and balance. Autism impacts a child’s ability to perform routine activities, such as engaging with family at dinnertime, brushing teeth or participating school breaks.

Symptoms of autism

The symptoms of autism vary widely, and so do its effects. Some children with autism have only mild impairments, while others have bigger obstacles to overcome. However, all children on the autism spectrum have problems, at least to some degree, in the following three areas:

  • Relating to others and the world around
  • Others and the world around them
  • Communicating verbally and non-verbally
  • Thinking and behaving in a healthy manner

Occupational therapy for autistic children

Occupational therapists study human development and growth and a person’s interaction with the environment through daily activities. We are experts in the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury. This knowledge helps us promote skills for independent living in people with autism and other developmental disorders.

At Anneke de Jager Occupational Therapy, we work as part of a team that includes parents, teachers, and other professionals. We help set specific goals for children with autism. These goals often involve social behaviour, interaction, and classroom performance.

If your child displays delayed development, or if you’ve noticed other signs of autism, schedule an appointment with your us right away.