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Everyday Independence therapists always look for creative ideas to make therapy fun and engaging, especially with children and teenagers. For 13-year-old twins with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the solution came in three brightly coloured timers!
The twins felt frustrated in the morning as they found it difficult to get ready for school on time. This meant they were late for school and the whole family often felt stressed.
When working with them to create a morning routine, their Occupational Therapist came up with a solution they hadn’t used before – timers to help the girls keep track of the time when undertaking certain tasks. Each timer included a different time limit based on the girls’ amount of time for showering, brushing their teeth, and washing their faces.
The girls have embraced using the timers which helped them to manage their time and stay on schedule while getting ready for school. With this small change, the family’s morning routine is less stressful and the girls are building valuable everyday skills.
Our occupational therapy helps people of all ages to do the things that they want and need to do in their everyday life. We deliver occupational therapy the everyday way which means we come to you to deliver OT that builds your skills and helps you get around the barriers that are holding you back from living your best life.
Contact us on 1300 179 131 or complete an online form and we’ll be in touch to discuss your needs and how we can support you to achieve your goals.