Strengths-based OT for Autistic People

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Strengths-based OT for Autistic People with Kavitha Murthi

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If you are an occupational therapy professional working with autistic people, you’ve likely heard of strengths-based practice (SBP). 

But, does this approach work? 

And, what are the benefits of it? 

In this one hour OT CEU course we will discuss a scoping review that explores these questions. As we’ll see, strengths-based interventions were related to:

  • Positive social engagement
  • Learning
  • Self-advocacy
  • Anxiety reduction

After reviewing the article, we’re delighted to welcome to the podcast the article’s lead author, Kavitha Murthi, MS (OT), OTR, FHEA (UK). Her and I will discuss the practical implications of this research for your OT practice.

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Primary Journal Article Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article. Then, share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Supporting Research and Journal Articles

Supplemental Materials

Programs and theories related to a strengths-based approach

Strengths-based assessments

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to recognize strengths-based assessments OTs can utilize with autistic clients. 
  • You will be able to identify the components of a strengths-based approach to OT intervention. 


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (5 minutes)

  • The historical (and problematic) focus of autism research and clinical practice. 
  • Why focusing on deficits is a problem. 
  • The cry for change.
  • Enter: Strengths-Based Practice
  • Example of authentic Strengths-Based Practice.
  • What was the intent of this scoping review?
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with Kavitha Murthi) (50 minutes)

  • How did you first find OT? 
  • How did you become interested in working with autistic clients? 
  • Can you tell us the story of how this article came about?
  • As you revisit this article, what stands out to you? 
  • The article stated that people with autism often face co-occurring mental health conditions. Can you elaborate on  why it is important to consider mental health when working with our autistic clients? 
  • The article mentioned both mental health assessments and strength based assessments you found in the literature. Can you give us examples of assessments that could be helpful in practice? 
  • If you were seeing an autistic child in an outpatient setting, what would be some of your top considerations when it comes to planning intervention. 
  • I wanted to ask specifically about intervention centered around modifying the environment? What can that look like in practice?
  • Through the process of writing this paper, were there any stories that really stood out to you and impacted how you think about supports for autistic people? 
  • What do you see as coming next in the strengths-based practice movement?
This course on Strengths-based OT for Autistic People is AOTA approved!

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play & more. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

If this course were to be canceled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.

In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about Strength-based OT for Autistic Clients. The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic.  Our guest, Kavitha Murthi, also has no financial disclosures.


Kavitha Murthi MS (OT), OTR, FHEA (UK)

Kavitha Murthi MS (OT), OTR, FHEA (UK)

I am pursuing my doctoral studies at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Before starting my journey at NYU, I completed graduate studies in Occupational Therapy in the UK and I completed my undergraduate studies in Occupational Therapy at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in India. Read full bio.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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We designed the courses in the Club to meet the requirements for “online” and “independent/self-study” courses. For more details read our blog post: Can I earn OT CEUS from a podcast? To verify the requirements from your specific state (within the US), check out our post, OT Continuing Education Explained. If you are outside of the United States and have questions, please contact us.

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