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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Occupational Therapy for Aspies

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I gathered these tips from a local occupational therapist who spoke at my Mothers of PreSchoolers group in 2014.

Level of High Arousal
  • Excited
  • Hyper
  • Restless
Prescription to Calm Down
  • Rocking
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Pressing Against Something Immovable
  • Closing Your Eyes
  • Breathing Deeply
  • Tensing Muscles to a Count of 40
Level of Low Arousal
  • Zoning Out
  • Tired
  • Drowsy
  • Bored
Prescription to Calm Up
  • Spinning
  • Dangling Head Upside-Down
  • Pacing
  • Making Figure Eights with Each Arm in Turn
  • Making Figure Eights with Each Hand Over Each Foot
  • Dancing
  • Listening to Peppy Music
  • Swinging
  • Eating Candy or Chocolate
  • Drinking Cold Water
Level of Midtone Arousal
  • Comfort
  • Peaceful
  • Ideal for Learning
Prescription to Stay Calm
  • Swaying Side-to-Side
  • Listening to Soft Music
  • Humming
  • Singing
  • Smiling
  • Breathing Deeply
  • Keeping Good Posture
  • Writing Your Thoughts
  • Getting Comfortable in Your Body
  • Not Letting Crowds or Chaos Affect You
    (See Solutions for the Highly Sensitive Person)