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Occupational Therapy for Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Occupational Therapy for Childhood Disintegrative Disorder includes many interventions that are used for the treatment for Autistic children. Occupational Therapy aims to involve activities that have a purpose and are goal-directed to enable restoration or an improvement in functional performance. Occupational therapy aims to increase the individual's ability to perform activities of daily living to their highest potential, including bathing, dressing, eating, feeding and personal hygiene/toileting.

Occupational therapists will address physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts to support and enhance engagement in everyday life activities. Occupational therapists can also assist with the provision and use of orthoses, and guidance for the selection and use of any necessary adapted equipment.

Specific Occupational Therapy interventions will vary amongst individuals depending on their specific needs and goals of the individual. Sessions may include some or all of the following:

  • Compensatory strategies, modifications or adaptations of activities to enhance performance
  • Management advice regarding feeding, eating and swallowing
  • Management advice for activities of daily living and self-care
  • Modification of current environments (e.g. home or school)
  • Assessment, fitting, provision and training in any necessary adaptive aids and assistive technology
  • Functionally oriented upper limb exercise programs
  • Training to use necessary prosthetic devices
  • Cognitive and perceptual training
  • Training provided to the individual, families/parents in home activity and exercise programs
  • Co-ordination activities
  • Risk assessment of the individual's environments to ensure each environment is as safe as possible for the individual.

Regular re-evaluations will be performed to ensure that any treatment/interventions provided are appropriate for the individual's current needs.

Occupational therapy is highly beneficial for individuals with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. The occupational therapist will provide an individualised treatment programme which will be tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the individual and also their parents / carers. Occupational therapy will aim to maximize the individual's ability to function to their highest potential in their home, educational and social environments.

To arrange an assessment with one of our specialist occupational therapists please contact us by emailing or calling 03300 886 693.

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