Occupational Therapy for Resistance to Change

Common Difficulties associated with Resistance to Change

When considering resistance to change in the context of individuals with autism, it's essential to recognize that people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience specific challenges and sensitivities that can contribute to resistance. Here are some difficulties associated with resistance to change in individuals with autism:

Sensory Sensitivities

Rigidity and Routine Dependence

Communication Challenges

Social Anxiety and Interaction Difficulties

Literal Thinking

Coping with Uncertainty

Executive Functioning Challenges

Transition Difficulties

Difficulty Generalizing Skills

Individualized Sensitivities

How can Occupational Therapy help?

Occupational therapy (OT) plays a crucial role in supporting individuals with autism in various aspects of their lives, including addressing resistance to change. Here are several ways occupational therapy can help with resistance to change in individuals with autism:

Sensory Integration Techniques

Visual Supports

Gradual Exposure

Executive Functioning Strategies

Social Skills Training

Coping Strategies

Task Analysis and Environmental Modifications

Individualized Planning

Collaboration with Caregivers

Community Integration