The role of an Occupational Therapist in Intensive Positive Behaviour Support

Up to 80% of people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have problems with motor skills and 70% have problems with sensory processing. This can affect learning independence skills; increase frustration; reduce self esteem /self confidence; reduce coping skills in everyday environments.

Occupational Therapy uses graded activities, relevant to the child, to increase their skills with self care activities like dressing and eating and drinking; productive activities like making a drink and snack, writing and managing with school work; play and leisure activities and interacting with others.

Occupational Therapy core skills focus on independent living skills through adaption of activity and environments and this addressees presenting symptoms, which may reduce behaviours which challenge.

PBS is theory and evidence based and uses complimentary, evidence-based approaches to support behaviour change at multiple levels of a system in order to meet the aims. Occupational Therapy models of practice and PBS model complement one another well.


  • Acute
  • Acute > Clinical Support
  • Acute > Clinical Support > Therapy Services
  • Acute > Family Care
  • Acute > Family Care > Child health
  • Acute > Family Care > Carer support
  • Acute > Multidisciplinary Team Working
  • Acute > Compassionate Care
  • Acute > Patient Empowerment
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