Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
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Are your clients prepared for the transition to college, employment, and residential and financial independence? We’ve rounded up some resources including assistive tech and sensory strategies to help your clients successfully transition to adulthood.
The topic of transitions for people with autism has been in the news lately. A recent NPR article discussed how autism can be an asset in the workplace. We’ve seen similar articles in the past few years about companies looking to hire people with autism because their strengths, like attention to detail, translate well to certain job positions. NPR reports that companies such as Microsoft, Walgreens, Capital One, AMC Theaters, Bank of America, and Procter & Gamble are recruiting people with autism.
A hurdle that some people with autism face when applying for jobs is getting through the job interview. A new program by the Dan Marino Foundation is using virtual job interviews to help people with autism practice and be prepared for that important step in the job hiring process.
If you work with children and youth, part of your focus will be on transitions to adulthood. Below we’ve featured some recent resources that will help you help your clients (all links are for AOTA members only).
Workplace routines such as commuting on public transit and eating lunch in a cafeteria can be challenging for an individual with sensory issues. Read this overview of preliminary literature on interventions for adults with sensory processing disorder.
Support models can help people transition to the community. Learn about these three models (supportive housing, employment, and education) and how OT can assume an important role in these models.
What technology is available to help youth transitioning to adulthood? This article explores technologies that could improve outcomes for transitions in secondary education, self management, and employment.
If you work with children and youth you may find yourself working in two or more settings filling numerous roles. How can you ensure your care remains client-centered? Check out this guide to self reflection on professional transitions can help.
When an adult child goes to college, how do parents handle the transition? The patterns of daily support they provided are no longer needed and new considerations arise. Here’s how you can support parents for post-secondary life after their adult child leaves home.
Want more resources on transitions? This book goes over the OT approach for transitions across the lifespan, from the NICU to end of life.
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