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Addressing Sensory Behaviors Through the Lens of an Occupational Therapist and a Behavior Analyst

Addressing Sensory Behaviors Through the Lens of an Occupational Therapist and a Behavior Analyst

Kristina Gasiewski, MOTR/L, MEd, BCBA

Caleigh Dion, OT, MSOT, OTR

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a prevalent developmental and neurological disability that affects one in 36 children (CDC, 2023a). Individuals with ASD may have significant impairments in social communication and interaction, restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests, sensory features, and behavioral challenges. The areas affected and the severity of symptoms differs for each individual with ASD (CDC, 2022b; APA, 2013). This variety of needs creates an even greater necessity for effective treatment. Interventions must be supported by empirical evidence and should be individualized to the person in order to best address deficits and promote independence.

 

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