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Autism Treatment

A Day In Autism Day Treatment

How will your child spend the day? A day in Autism Day Treatment is packed from start to finish.

Social Engagement and Emotional Development

This structured time, including small group activities targeting social and emotional growth, builds foundational skills as your child practices in “real life” settings throughout other portions of the day. Activities might include:

  • Social games such as Duck, Duck, Goose
  • Small group activities
  • Practice of self-calming strategies
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Occupational Therapy

Individual or small group activities target motor skills, self-help, and sensory regulation. Your child may engage in:

  • Movement-based activities such as climbing, swinging, jumping
  • Activities to develop hand skills
  • Dressing tasks such as putting on socks and shoes
  • Sensory play with materials such as paint or shaving cream


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Speech Therapy

Structured and supported activities that target communication development might include:

  • Reading books
  • Sorting or stacking items
  • Putting together puzzles
  • Pretend play with toy figurines

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Music Therapy

Music therapy gives your child opportunities to work on capturing and sustaining attention, interacting with others, communicating, and improving motor skills, cognitive skills and self-regulation. This looks like:

  • Listening
  • Singing
  • Movement
  • Playing instruments

Autism Day Treatment Calendar

Learn about upcoming events in Autism Day Treatment.

ADT Calendar
Large and Small Group Activities

These activities scaffold your child’s skill development to a more complex setting such as:

  • Art projects
  • Games and story time
  • Walks on the nature trail
Snack and Lunch Times

Meal and snack times develop feeding-related self-help skills, teach meal time social routines, and focus on basic and advanced social interactions. A meal or snack time might include:

  • Table conversations
  • Asking to pass the milk
  • Practice using utensils

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Sensory and Behavioral Support

Brief intervals throughout the day help organize the sensory system and promote engagement. Activities are chosen based on your child’s needs and might include:

  • Calming music, lotion
  • Use of headphones, weighted vests, or wiggle seats
  • High-energy races in the hallway
  • Visits from therapy dogs
Playground and Gym Time

Less structured time allows staff to model functional play, coach interaction with peers, and deepen relationships as we engage in favorite activities including:

  • Exploring outdoor playground equipment
  • Independent or group play

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