FitnessForHealth_Pediatric Occupational Therapy & Autism


TheAmericanOccupational TherapyAssociationdefinesAutismSpectrum Disorders (ASDs) as, “a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.” Three types of disorders typically included within the Autism spectrum include Autistic Disorder (or “classic” autism), Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Development Disorder (“atypical” autism). Children with ASDs can benefit from therapeutic services to help them learn and practice the physical, mental, and cognitive skills needed to actively participate in daily activities and programs. Our integrated care team helps children with ASDs by: • Evaluating your child’s skills and level of functioning in activities and contexts relevant and meaningful to her as an individual. • Assessing your child’s strengths and areas for improvement that should be addressed through intervention. • Identifying the impact of ASD on your child’s functioning and ability to carry out relevant daily life activities and occupations. • Providing individualized therapy services that are tailored to your child’s

identified areas of need and thatmaximize her skills and performance. • Supporting your child and her family members in coping with the challenges of living with ASD. • Adapting ormodifying activities, environments, and contexts to support performance and participation in everyday life situations and settings. • Collaborating with the child, familymembers, other service providers and other key people in your child’s life to ensure that services are focused on meaningful and relevant occupations and contexts. Fitness for Health Can Help! If your child has been diagnosed with an ASD, we can help them learn the skills and tools needed to progress forward with daily activities. Our physical therapists, occupational therapists and integrated movement specialists are highly-trained andwill establish a one to one relationship and course of treatment that will help your child achieve his or her goals. Call Fitness For Health today at (301) 231-7138 or visit fitnessforhealth. org to find outmore about the benefits of our specific programforworking with children with ASDs.

KID’S COOKING CORNER Sweet Blueberry & Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Ingredients • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries • Assorted fresh fruit, graham crackers and/or cookies

Directions In a small bowl, beat the creamcheese, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice until smooth. Fold in blueberries. Serve with fruit or graham crackers.

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