Question:

Good morning! I am an occupational therapist working in a school primarily for students with moderate to severe autism. Most of our students are nonverbal or only able to communicate their wants. Your BrainWorks program looks very interesting! Can you confirm that BrainWorks is appropriate for students who cannot express their sensory regulation needs?

Answer:

Thank you for your interest in BrainWorks!

Yes, this program is effective for nonverbal students with limited communication skills. Sensory input is inherently rewarding, so it is typically experienced as a want; therefore, most kids are motivated to use activity cards for communication purposes. The student’s cognitive level and communication skills determine how the program is used. The tachometer that guides the selection of activities in the BrainWorks Original program is best for kidas functioning and communicating at a first-grade level or higher. For kids not there yet, I typically start with a First-Then system or with integrating sensory activity choices into visual schedules.

I hope that helps! Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Best wishes,
Gwen