Occupational Therapy | Autism F.I.R.S.T. | Therapy & Service in NOVA

Occupational Therapy focuses on mastering activities of daily living which will allow your child to become more independent including play skills, learning strategies and self-care.

The Autism F.I.R.S.T. clinical teams work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. Flexibility and customization are important to best meet the needs of your child and family. Therapy is available for your toddler through teen in your home or virtually, via teletherapy. Your child’s occupational therapist will collaborate with the entire Autism F.I.R.S.T. team weekly working towards common goals for your child.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

  • Self-care
  • Fine motor
  • Sensory modulation/ sensory processing
  • Attention to task
  • Postural stability
  • Handwriting, Including Handwriting Without Tears
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Reflex integration
  • Feeding Therapy

COMMON DIAGNOSES

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Congenital Syndromes
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Fine and Gross Motor delays

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EVALUATIONS

A recent evaluation from the past 6 months is required prior to the initiation of therapy. Evaluations provide baseline data, establish goals, and are used to track progress. If you do not have a recent evaluation, your child’s occupational therapist will conduct one at your first visit. During an evaluation the following areas can be assessed:

  • Self-Care
  • Fine Motor Coordination
  • Strength & Dexterity
  • Sensory Modulation & Sensory Processing
  • Attention to Task
  • Postural Stability
  • Handwriting

FEEDING THERAPY

Sensory and behaviorally-based feeding disorders are treated by both speech and occupational therapists using a combination of the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) and Food Chaining approaches. Our focus is expanding the child’s diet at their own pace and never force a child to eat foods. Food targets are established by both the parent and therapist. For the best results, parents participate in every session and carry-over therapy meals at home each week. Feeding therapy is effective, but it is intensive and a strong parental commitment is required.