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Assessment

The initial stage of assessment is a crucial role in the Occupational Therapy journey as they offer therapists valuable insights into your child's unique needs and challenges. These assessments can be conveniently conducted at your preferred location, whether it's at school, home, or in our practice setting.

The purpose of assessments in paediatric Occupational Therapy

In pediatric Occupational Therapy, assessments serve multiple vital purposes, each contributing to the comprehensive understanding of the child's needs and the formulation of effective therapy plans. Here are the four primary reasons why occupational therapists conduct assessments:
 

  1. Identifying Concerns and Impact: Assessments allow therapists to pinpoint any challenges or difficulties a child may be experiencing and how these issues affect their daily activities.
     

  2. Prioritizing Concerns: Through assessments, therapists can prioritize the most significant concerns, ensuring that therapy focuses on addressing the areas of need.
     

  3. Natural Observation: Assessments provide opportunities for therapists to observe the child engaging in activities within their natural environments, whether at school or at home, offering valuable insights into their functional abilities and challenges.
     

  4. Observing Social Relationships: Assessments also enable therapists to observe the child's social interactions and relationships, understanding how these factors influence their participation in activities.

All assessments conducted are meticulously designed to analyze the child's performance in daily activities, encompassing various aspects of play, school, and home life. These activities mirror those typical of childhood, such as tying shoelaces, dressing independently, maintaining balance during play, and handwriting proficiency.
 

The insights gained from these assessments serve as the foundation for developing personalized therapy plans aimed at maximizing the child's functional abilities and enhancing their overall quality of life.

Available pediatric Occupational Therapy assessments:

All of our assessments are completed by a fully trained and experienced occupational therapist, below is a list of the assessments we provide:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder Assessment

  • Dyspraxia Assessment

  • Movement ABC

  • Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH)

  • Handwriting Assessment

  • Functional Assessment

  • Equipment Assessment

  • Sensory Assessment

  • Risk Assessment

  • Perceptual processing

  • Cognitive Integration

  • ADL scales

  • Home and Environment Assessment

  • Psychosocial skills

  • Play scales

  • Play observation

  • Motor skills Assessment

This is a list of some of the common assessments that we provide, however if you require a different assessment, please call us.

What will be covered in most paediatric Occupational Therapy assessments?

There are four main areas which most of the assessments we provide cover:

  • How the condition impacts upon functioning in daily occupations

  • The impact this has on the school and home environment

  • The social/behavioural impact

  • Further recommendations for treatment

Occupational therapy holds the key to unlocking your child's full potential, enhancing their functional abilities both at home and in school. If you're curious about how Occupational Therapy can make a difference for your child or if you'd like to inquire about our available assessments, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email at: info@protherapykids.com  We're here to support you every step of the way.

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