WHY OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational therapy will assist autistic adults by taking a holistic and neurodivergent-affirming lens, considering the client's skills, preferences, environment, and other factors impacting quality of life. This will lead to skill-building, environmental modifications, problem solving adaptations and accommodations, and self-advocacy.
What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy focuses on the participation in "occupations," or meaningful activities in our daily lives. This can range from brushing your teeth, cooking meals, participating in school or work, and so much more. Occupational therapists utilize a holistic lens, looking at all aspects of the person, their occupations, and their environments to build skills and make adaptations.
How can occupational therapy help late and self-diagnosed autistic adults?
Currently, the vast majority of autism services exist solely for children leaving late and self-diagnosed autistic adults at a loss. As a late-diagnosed autistic adult, I understand firsthand some of the feelings that go along with realizing you are autistic and the identity shift that goes along with it. But even with a diagnosis, the challenges you have faced throughout your life still exist. As a person living in a neurotypical world, you have been able to come up with some coping strategies, accommodations, and environmental adaptations, but you still need some support. A life of masking may leave you drained and burnt out. You may have tried therapy but have experienced a lack of knowledge, acceptance, and understanding around autism as it relates to you. Through my education and life experiences, I have the knowledge and passion to assist you in living an easier and more fulfilling life.