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Indeed, close monitoring of a child suffering from Autism SpectrumDisorder (ASD) can lead to positive outcomes. It is important tounderstand the occupational challenges that such clients need toovercome. Rather than swallowing the chewed cookie, the child spit itout and proceeded to play with it. Although such behavior seemedunusual, the subject was responding to new circumstances. In manyinstances, children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)develop attachment to specific objects. Therefore, they mayexperience difficulties while adapting to unfamiliar circumstances.

The child required additional steps to help them understand that thecookie had to be swallowed. Initially, he made a mess on his handsand clothing while playing with the regurgitated substance. In thisrespect, the child could be experiencing some cognitive andpsychosocial issues. Notably, such challenges made it difficult toperform all the steps required before swallowing the cookie. Theself-feeding task required the child to grasp the item and put itinto his mouth. Subsequently, he would need cognitive awareness tounderstand that the cookie was to be chewed and swallowed.

An occupational therapist needs to address the child’s mostsignificant challenges to ensure positive behavior (Rodger &ampPolatajko, 2014). The end result would not change if the OTR simplyadded or subtracted steps. In fact, the client’s behavior wouldcause neither positive nor negative outcomes. Close observation andsensory integration are needed to examine the child’s daily routineand identify preferred activities (Schaaf, Hunt, &amp Benevides,2012). Also, it would help to provide the client with severaloptions. Subsequently, an occupational therapist can help the childto understand the difference between food and play items. Repeatedtraining would lead to positive outcomes since it addresses theclient’s cognitive challenges.

References

Rodger, S., &amp Polatajko, H. J. (2014). Occupational therapy forchildren with autism. In Comprehensive guide to autism (pp.2297-2314). New York, NY: Springer.

Schaaf, R. C., Hunt, J., &amp Benevides, T. (2012). Occupationaltherapy using sensory integration to improve participation of a childwith autism: A case report. American Journal of OccupationalTherapy, 66(5), 547-555.