Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Action: Towson University

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Follow occupational therapy students at Towson University in Maryland as they show how occupational therapy plays a role in intervention with young adults through the Center for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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  • 1. OccupationalTherapy PractitionersinAction: TowsonUniversity FollowoccupationaltherapystudentsatTowson UniversityinMarylandastheyshowhow occupationaltherapyplaysarolein interventionwithyoungadultsthroughthe CenterforAdultswithAutismSpectrumDisorders.

2. Oneinevery150childrenhasordevelops autism,andoccupationaltherapycanmakeadifferencethroughouttheirlives.Asthesechildrenbecomeyoungadults,occupationaltherapypractitionerscanhelpthemlead productiveandfulfillinglivesasintegratedmembersintheircommunitythrough interventionsthataddresssocialinteractionsandbuildinterpersonalrelationships. 3. Inajointeffortwithkinesiologystudents,occupationaltherapystudentsLaura HillmanandSherronSchuchmanleadagroupofyoungadultsinthecommunityto workonsocialparticipationskills.Here,theleadersfacilitatecommunication throughicebreaker activitiessharingtheirinterestswhilepassingtheball. 4. Theoccupationaltherapystudentshelp theyoungadultsprepareforexercisea conduitforworkingtowardthelarger goalofsocialparticipation.Inthis activity,thegroupmembermimics movement,whichindicatesbody awareness,socialrecognition,and coordination. 5. Theyoungadultsstretchthemselvesphysicallyandsociallyduringthe90minute wellnesssession.Theoccupationaltherapystudentshelptheyoungadultsmodel socialbehaviorandtalktoeachother,andthekinesiologystudentsplanthe physicalactivities. 6. Throughstretching,Telesforogainsbody awarenesswhilepreparingtoexercise. Schuchmancoacheshimtomaintainextension for15seconds,helpinghimlearnselfcontrol andcommunication. 7. Individualswithautismoftendisplay difficultywithcommunication.Hillman coachesDanielhowtoexpresshis needsandwants.Here,heasks kinesiologystudentKellyNevinabout equipmentuseinthewellnesscenter. 8. Whileheusesanexercisemachine, Zackengagesinsocialinteractionwith Hillman.Shefacilitatesongoing dialogueandrelationshipbuildingby sustainingconversation. 9. Whilethegoaloftheprogramistopromotesocialinteractionamongtheyoung adultsthemselves,theoccupationaltherapystudentsarealsopromotingleisure andexerciseasimportantformsofactivityandparticipation. 10. Hillmanencouragespeer interactionbetweenTomandZach. 11. Buildingbodyandtrunkrotationincreasesflexibilityandbodyawarenessforthe programparticipants,andgroupexerciseshelpthemtaketurnsandbecomemore comfortablewitheachother. 12. HillmanandGregtimetheirexerciseto mirroroneanother.Greglearnsto followHillmansdirectionsduringthis strengtheningactivity. 13. Thewellness centerisopento thecommunity, andisusedby individualswith andwithout disabilities.Taking asuggestionfrom anotherexerciser, Hillman demonstrates drawingthe alphabet withthe medicineballto Tomillustrating theirfull participationin andutilizationofa community resource. 14. Engagementinmeaningfulactivitiesandsocial participationwiththehelpofoccupational therapypreparesyoungadultswithautismand relateddisorderstolivelifetoitsfullest. Occupationaltherapyhelpsbuildnecessaryandappropriaterelationshipswithothers.

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