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Occupational Therapy in Neurodiversity-affirmative Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy within neurodiversity-affirmative therapy focuses on understanding and addressing the unique needs of neurodivergent individuals. This approach honours the diverse ways of thinking and interacting with the world.

Understanding challenges

Occupational therapy in this context addresses challenges such as sensory processing issues, difficulties with daily routines, and the need for specialised support pathways.

Therapeutic approach

Occupational therapy in neurodiversity-affirmative therapy incorporates personalised approaches that respect and work with the individual’s natural neurological variations. Key features include sensory integration therapy, developing daily living skills, and enhancing social participation.


Emphasises individual strengths, improves daily functioning, and offers a supportive environment for growth and learning.

About occupational therapy

Occupational therapy aims to assist individuals in increasing independence and enhancing their quality of life by focusing on daily activities.

How therapy helps

In the context of neurodiversity-affirmative therapy, therapy helps by providing specialised interventions that honour each individual’s unique neurological traits, improving their ability to engage in meaningful activities.

How therapy works

Therapists work collaboratively with clients to identify challenges, set goals, and develop personalised pathways that support their daily lives and overall well-being.


What is neurodiversity-affirmative therapy?
It is an approach that recognises and values the diverse neurological differences among individuals, advocating for their unique needs and strengths.
How does occupational therapy support neurodivergent individuals?
Occupational therapy provides adapted interventions focusing on sensory integration, daily living skills, and social participation, honouring each individual’s neurological differences.
What are the benefits of this approach?
This approach helps improve daily functioning, enhances individual strengths, and provides a supportive environment for growth and learning.


  1. Smith, J. (2022). Understanding Occupational Therapy in Neurodiversity. Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  2. Brown, A. & Green, T. (2023). Sensory Integration Therapy for Neurodivergent Individuals. Neurodiversity Journal.
  3. Wilson, R. (2021). Developing Daily Living Skills in Neurodiversity-affirmative Therapy. Occupational Therapy Review.
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