Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that often presents with struggles in behavioral problems arising from sensory processing abnormalities, emotional dysregulation, self-stimulatory behavior, and anxiety, negatively impacting social interaction skills and limit the ability to engage with peers, productivity in school, and participating in daily routines (Wood, et al, 2009). Sensory integration therapy (SIT), often used in OT with clients with ASD, focuses on neurological processing of sensory information and helps clients modulate sensory responses (Khodabaskhshi, Abedi & Malekpour, 2014). This approach differs greatly from another commonly-used strategy focused on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Cognitive-based approaches used in OT seek to promote conceptual development through the simulation of different situations and other such structural training.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Allen, Kelly and Felt, Kaitlyn, "Combining Strategies for Improved Outcomes of Social Interaction Skills in Children with Autism in Occupational Therapy" (2019). Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Evidenced-Based Research Reviews. 44.