Category Archives: pediatric occupational therapy

Strategies for Neurotypical People to Develop Empathy for Autistic People

Historically, there has been much debate about the extent to which autistic individuals experience empathy. I am using the phrase “autistic individuals” rather than “individuals with autism,” per the recommendation from the Autism Self-Advocacy Network. Recent studies indicate that while … Continue reading

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Childhood Memories and Lessons that Influence my Work as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist: Part 1

While working with school-aged children, I often find myself reflecting on how I saw the world and what was important to me as a child. Accessing childhood memories helps me identify with a child’s perspective, even if that child has … Continue reading

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Why and How Do Pediatric Occupational Therapists Play Games?

Pediatric occupational therapists are often asked why we spend time “just” playing games with our clients. In addition to being engaging to children, games are powerful tools through which we work on a variety of skills including fine motor, visual-motor, gross motor, … Continue reading

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