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Risk Assessment

A risk assessment serves as a crucial component of various evaluations. Its primary objective is to evaluate both the physical and social environment for potential hazards that could jeopardize your child's well-being. The physical environment assessment includes factors such as hazards causing trips or falls, or objects posing a risk of injury upon contact. By also considering social risks like bullying or social isolation, the therapist adopts a comprehensive approach, ensuring all potential risks are identified.

Where and How is it Conducted?

The risk assessment is a comprehensive evaluation that can be conducted in clinical, home, or school settings. It is overseen by the occupational therapist, providing an opportunity for discussions regarding any safety concerns you may have concerning your child.

What Issues are Suitable for a Risk Assessment?

Children, due to their developmental stage, are prone to taking risks, but certain factors can increase these risks. Examples include poor balance, visual perception difficulties, attention deficits, or difficulties with social interaction. Conditions such as Asperger's syndrome, autism, or cerebral palsy may also warrant a risk assessmen

What Does the Risk Assessment Evaluate?

 

The occupational therapist utilizes the risk assessment to understand the level of risk associated with your child's daily activities, encompassing risks at school, home, functional impact, and social/behavioral implications.

 

Impact on School and Home Environment

 

The risk assessment analyzes how the condition affects your child's safety in both school and home environments. It involves a detailed examination and discussion of how symptoms of the condition contribute to increased hazards in these settings, particularly the risk of falls, which can be prevalent in cluttered school environments.

Social/Behavioral Implications

 

Beyond environmental risks, the risk assessment delves into how risks affect your child's behavior. For instance, constant falls may erode confidence in activities requiring traversing challenging terrain, such as school outings to outdoor areas.

What Information Will I Receive Following a Risk Assessment?

 
 

After the assessment, the therapist will discuss the findings with you. Upon request, you can obtain a detailed Risk report outlining the impact of the condition, a treatment plan, and recommendations for enhancing daily living.

Treatment Following a Risk Assessment

 
 

Treatment post-assessment primarily focuses on risk management strategies and education, along with the provision of necessary equipment to mitigate risks further. Occupational therapy aims to enhance the child's skills in areas of difficulty, thereby reducing overall risks.

In summary, the risk assessment evaluates the impact of the condition across various aspects of the child's life, notably its influence on daily activities. It serves as a crucial step in identifying and managing risks to ensure the child's safety and well-being.

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