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Young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing disorder (SPD) often have difficulty understanding the steps to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) and may become overstimulated when performing their ADLs. Difficulties performing their ADLs cause dependence on their caregivers, which in turn causes both the client and caregiver to have increased stress and avoidance of these ADLs. Occupational therapists (OT) work with individuals with ASD and SPD, but there is little literature to support OT intervention with young adults or to reduce caregiver stress. This capstone found resources and techniques to improve young adults independence in ADLs and decrease caregiver stress

Publication Date

Spring 4-17-2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Autism spectrum disorder, Sensory processing disorder, Young adults, Caregivers

Medical Subject Headings

Autism disorder, Autism spectrum disorder, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Perception, Young adult, Caregivers


Medicine and Health Sciences | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

A Program to Address ADL Independence for Young Adults with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder and Their Caregivers