A comprehensive assessment, including standardized and/or informal testing, observations, history information, and parent interview is provided to determine your child's current skill sets, weaknesses, and to establish objectives in treatment planning.
The initial step of the assessment process involves getting a referral for an occupational evaluation from your child’s pediatrician. After the initial evaluation, a meeting with the parents helps to provide a better understanding and awareness of the performance areas in which the child is struggling and how occupational therapy can help.
Treatment goals and objectives are determined depending on the child’s level of function and age-appropriate skills. Treatment approaches will be explained and strategies for parents are provided to help at home. Occupational therapy treatment sessions integrate your child’s strengths and interests which help to motivate your child in the process of learning.
A home or school visit may be helpful to see the child in those environments and to make recommendations for support needed there.
Areas that may be addressed:
Sensory Processing and Sensory-Motor Function
Visual-Motor and Writing Skills
Social Skills Development
Activities of Daily Living and Self-Care Skills
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After the evaluation it may be determined that your child will benefit by participating in an occupational therapy program. Sessions are usually one hour long, once or twice a week depending on what best meets your child’s needs. The length of time needed for therapy is often based on the delay your child is experiencing, motivation, your involvement at home and teacher support at school.
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