Consultation from an OT & Autism Specialist

Training, consultation, and direct OT in the Asheville, NC area to help your students succeed in the daily activities that matter the most.

Help Your Students With Autism to Thrive

Running a school or other community-based program takes a team. When you work with kids with autism, it can be hard to know if you're doing everything to help them meet their potential.  Meg Proctor, an autism specialist and occupational therapist, offers consultation, training, and direct OT services to programs in Western NC from early intervention through high school. Keep reading to learn what we can do together!

Autism Learning Styles

Do your staff have a deep understanding of how kids with autism think and learn? Do they have processes in place that help them problem solve challenging behaviors in light of these unique learning styles?  Usually the answer is "no" or "not really." Let's work together to transform your team into autism experts so that your students can truly thrive.

Visual Supports

Most of us know that kids with autism are "visual learners." But what does that really mean, and how can we use this information to truly help our students? Meg teaches staff members how to create visual supports that are meaningful for individual students, how to teach the students to use them, and how to use visual supports to increase engagement and independence in daily routines.

Daily Routines

As an OT, Meg specializes in teaching daily living skills and play skills to kids with autism. She can work directly with students, or train staff in how they can help foster these skills. Meg can also help with fine motor challenges and handwriting concerns.

Helping Picky Eaters

If mealtimes are a battle, Meg works with students and staff to promote adventurous eating in children of all ages. Her approach is gentle and effective, and is based on advanced training in the latest evidence-based approaches to feeding therapy..

About Meg Proctor, MS, OTR/L

As an occupational therapist, my goal is to look at the most important daily activities of a child with autism and discover how I can help them engage in that activity more fully and successfully. I've worked in early intervention, clinics, families' homes, and schools across the state. As a former clinical faculty member for UNC Chapel Hill's TEACCH® Autism Program, I helped train therapists, psychologists, and teachers from around the world.  I received my master's degree in occupational therapy from UNC Chapel Hill and am licensed to practice OT in NC, MS, and CA.

I love using my knowledge of how kids with autism think and learn to help community programs achieve greater success in their daily work. I start with the program's strengths and from there provide engaging and interactive training and consultation to help further the organization's goals. 

 

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February 13, 2019

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October 10, 2018

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August 9, 2018

When we work with kids with autism, we often find that self-regulation is challenging. Our young clients begin to get upset and don't have the skills they need to wind back down again. Many of us know strategies that we think would help, but we have trouble getting the child to use the strategies when the moment comes.

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June 25, 2018

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