Autism in the Community: A Desensitization Approach

Presented by: Anna Greenspan, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy Supervisor and Kristy Yurichak, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist at Monarch Center for Autism in Cleveland, Ohio
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Many children with autism have atypical sensory behaviors, which may negatively impact their participation in the community. Research indicates that using a desensitization approach, which emphasizes the child’s needs while creating a positive and structured experience, can significantly improve community participation.

Learn how to:

  • Identify challenges encountered by families of children with autism, when participating in common community experiences
  • Identify the child’s sensory needs
  • Explore ways to help the child desensitize to community experiences
  • Teach caregivers how to assess the environment using a sensory approach
  • Create and use visual language to aid with expectations
  • Determine what supports should be placed within the community