Occupational therapists provide care in diverse settings for a wide range of ages. One of the most rewarding settings for the occupational therapist involves working with children with developmental issues. OT intervention may be offered as soon as the child arrives in the NICU through a hospital based service, once the child goes home through a birth to 3 program, and once the child enters school within the school based setting. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder comprise a growing number of the case-load mix. The occupational therapists’ contribution to these children’s plan of care or IEP includes activities aimed at improving physical, sensory and social issues.
One mother found an innovative way to help her son improve his ability to filter auditory sensory input as well as a way to increase all types of coordination and encourage appropriate social interactions. This mother, MaryTara Wurmser purchased an Nintendo Wii for her son to use at home. She tells about her experience and explains the benefits afforded her son from this activity. She encourages others to “Consider the Nintendo Wii for Kids with Autism.”