Occupational therapy is a crucial support for autistic people. It’s defined as therapy which supports people in developing and maintaining ‘meaningful activities.’ Activities are usually defined as skills necessary to daily living and working (in school or professionally.) An Occupational Therapist works with people of all ages who are experiencing difficulty managing every day activities as a result of an underlying health condition, illness, or injury. This support focuses on the ‘occupation’ or activity that needs to be built up, and works backwards from this while considering the person’s access needs. In other words, it is about empowering someone to do something rather than targeting their condition as a problem to be ‘fixed.‘ This mean’s that it can be considered part of a person-centered approach. For more information on Occupational Therapy, how to find an Occupational Therapist and what they usually work on, check our pages below.