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From this information, the therapist plans an individualized program that matches sensory stimulation with physical movement to improve how the brain processes and organizes incoming information.

As such, the therapy often includes equipment such as swings, trampolines and slides.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Nonverbal persons with autism can benefit from a variety of augmentative and alternative communicative (AAC) devices and methods.

For instance, goals may include independent dressing, feeding, grooming and use of the toilet, along with improved social, fine motor and visual perceptual skills.

Typically, occupational therapy involves half-hour to one-hour sessions with a frequency determined by the individual’s needs.

Such a program begins with an individual evaluation by a speech-language pathologist to assess an individual’s verbal aptitudes and challenges.

From this evaluation, the pathologist sets goals that may include mastering spoken language and/or learning nonverbal communication skills such as signs or gestures.

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