How Occupational Therapy Can Help Your Child with Autism

Are you looking for new ways to help your child be independent, connected, and successful in daily activities? Learn what we can do together!

I am not currently accepting new clients. Please visit TEACCH, Olsen Huff, Carolina Peds, or Higher Ground for help with your child.

Specialized Occupational Therapy in Your Home

For kids ages 1 through 17

You would do anything to help your child. But going to the OT clinic just doesn't work. Or maybe you've tried therapy, but you couldn't find someone who really understands your child or your goals.  I'm here to help you.

When we work together in your home, there's no stress of battling traffic, driving to a clinic, and weathering meltdowns just to out the door. You don't have to sit in a waiting room wondering what's happening and struggle to figure out what to do when you get home without anyone there to guide you. You don't have to wade through therapists looking for the one who has studied autism and will finally "get" your child and really show you what you can do to help him meet his potential. 

I've spent my career studying autism and studying how to teach parents new skills. I'll walk you through every step of the process as you develop a deeper understanding of how your child thinks and learns, and I'll fill your toolbox with strategies you can use to help him meet his potential.


Here are some examples of goals I help families to achieve:

Making Play Fun

Many children with autism struggle to play, and it can be hard for parents to know how to help. I can teach you an effective approach to playing with your child to help him share his toys, imitate others, and play in new, flexible ways. I can also show you fun and gentle ideas to help your child be more interested in others and have back-and-forth social interactions. Play is so important. Any time spent working on it is time well spent. 

Engaging & Communicating

If your child struggles with basic communication and social engagement, I start right where he is to help him connect with those around him. Communication for kids with autism is so much more than just using more words. It's about getting someone's attention and knowing how to make a meaningful connection. I can show you exactly where to start with your child, even if he isn't talking.  


Teaching Independence

If your child needs a thousand reminders to do his morning routine, finish his chores, or do his homework, I can help you build autism-friendly systems that eliminate the daily battles and teach him more independence. I'll help you use schedules, visual to-do lists, and routines designed for how your child learns.  

Improving Self-Care 

Doing things like brushing teeth, toilet training, and taking a bath can be a challenge for many kids with autism. After I learn about what's happening with your child, I'll show you how to teach her new skills in a way she can understand. We'll also look at your daily routines to see how we can help her transition to and from these activities with ease.

Helping Picky Eaters

If your child is a picky eater, mealtime may be a battle, and you may worry about your child's health. I teach parents concrete things they can do to help their children explore new foods without fear or stress. My approach is not only highly effective, it's also so much fun!


FAQ'S - About Occupational Therapy :

Questions? See if this helps! I also offer each family a free 45 minute no-pressure phone consultation to see if it's a good fit. Email me at to get yours scheduled!


About Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L

In my work with your family, I focus on your child's unique way of learning, as well as your family's own priorities for therapy. I believe that therapy is only truly effective when families learn how to use new strategies during their regular daily lives, and I love teaching parents what they can do to help their child succeed.

As a former clinical faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill's TEACCH® Autism Program, I have extensive training in the latest autism interventions. I also have advanced training in the Sensory Oral Sequential approach to feeding. I look forward to knowing your child and your family!

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