The OT Process
A child is typically identified for an occupational therapy assessment by his or her class teacher or parent, or a health care professional. This person may suspect that the child is experiencing, or may experience difficulties in the future, related to sensory integration, postural control, gross motor skills, fine motor development, visual-perceptual skills and/or self care. Difficulties in these areas may impact the child’s learning at school, their interaction with peers and/or their behaviour at home.
Initial interview, in which we obtain medical, birth, developmental and sensori-motor history, as well as find out what your, and the teacher’s main concerns are. This takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. It is not necessary for your child to attend this meeting. You will also be asked to complete and sign our parent contract. Please note that the person who signs this document is responsible for ensuring that the account is settled.
A classroom observation is carried out if indicated and a discussion with the class teacher and other related health care professionals working with your child is held, if applicable.
A comprehensive assessment of your child’s strengths and difficulties will be completed using a battery of standardised tests and clinical observations. Although the assessment can be quite challenging for your child, children typically enjoy the assessment as the activities are child-directed and fun.
The assessment consists of looking at your child’s sensory functioning, gross and fine motor development, as well at their visual-perceptual skills. This takes between 2 and 3 ½ hours, depending on your child’s age and is done during the school day.
Detailed verbal feedback is provided to the parents once the report has been completed. This includes discussing your child’s strengths and areas of concern, as well as making recommendations. You will also receive the written report based on the assessment findings. The feedback takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour, and we strongly encourage both parents to attend the feedback meeting. We are governed by the Ethical Rules of the Board of Health Care Funders and to that end, a copy of the report will be sent to your child’s doctor. Unless we receive written instruction to the contrary, a copy of the report will be sent to your child’s school. Should your child require occupational therapy, times will be arranged at the feedback consultation.