Occupational therapy (OT) assessments are conducted to identify how a child’s strengths and challenges impact their daily activities. ‘Daily activities’ encompass three main areas: play, school and home life. The assessment results help create a comprehensive therapy plan to enable the child to participate in home and school life with confidence and success.
The OT assessment can explore the following areas:
- Fine-motor skills (including bilateral hand use, dexterity and handwriting)
- Gross-motor skills (including balance, postural control and coordination)
- Visual-perceptual skills
- Sensory processing and regulation
- Organisation and planning
What is Included:
- A minimum of two standardised tests
- Detailed clinical observations in a naturalistic (non-testing) setting
- Standardised parent-report measures
- An initial parent consultation. Prior to the appointment, parents or caregivers will be given both a Sensory Processing Measure (caregiver’s questionnaire) and a Childhood History Form to complete.
- A face-to-face assessment of the child (approximately two hours).
- Preliminary results are given verbally on the day of the assessment.
- A full report is provided approximately two weeks later.
- A parent meeting for discussion of the assessment results, following receipt of the report.