Occupational Therapists (OTs)
Individuals on the autism spectrum often need support to learn some of the basic social and personal skills required for independent living. Occupational therapists are qualified to work in the following areas:
- Provide interventions to help a child appropriately respond to information coming through the senses. Intervention may include swinging, brushing, playing in a ball pit and other activities aimed at helping an individual better manage their body in space.
- Facilitate play activities that instruct as well as aid a child in interacting and communicating.
- Implement strategies to help an individual transition among different environments and people. For a child it may involve strategies for managing the transition from home to school; for adults with autism it may involve vocational skills and independent living skills.
- Recommend and teach the use of adaptive strategies to address challenges. For example, teaching keyboarding when handwriting is difficult; selecting a weighted vest to enhance focus; etc.
There are several different ways to access services:
- Department of Health (Government of Bermuda): Child Development Programme (0 to 4 years), schools
- Hospital (Bermuda Hospitals Board): King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Rehabilitation Day Hospital, Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute
- Private Practice
Occupational Therapists in Bermuda
Private Occupational Therapists with experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum
Jill Davidson, B.Sc.O.T.(c)
Function Junction Occupational Therapy
Phone: (441) 336-5455