The OT (occupational therapist) also plays a very important role in assessing the child. They cover the area of sensory needs of the special child. Often children with autism have very sensitive senses that can be overwhelmed in ordinary daily environments. The OTís role is to carefully help the child to learn how to regulate themselves in these situations.
Children on the spectrum can be sensitive to light, hearing, taste and touch. The OT can give coping strategies to the child and the parents so they are best prepared for the situation where there is sensory overload which can result in a meltdown.