The OT Innovation
Many parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often recognize their child’s love of creativity but do not know how to foster those efforts for future successes. Amy Mason, an OTR and Director of Integrated Learning at Islands of Brilliance (IOB), knew that occupational therapy (OT) could be a bridge to connecting dreams to reality.
IOB Digital Academy for youth and young adults with ASD uses evidence-based practices in the areas of learning, social emotional learning, and transition to equip students with the skills necessary to access post-secondary education and/or employment in design and tech-related fields. In contrast to traditional vocational training programs, IOB Digital Academy is a collection of work-based learning experiences that are centered on personal interests in art, design, and coding. Students drive their learning, consulting with professional mentors to achieve the skills that meet their participation, education, and employment goals.