Occupational therapy assessments help children or young people to identify their currently underlying needs and provide interventions to support these needs. These needs could be within the home or educational environment. They can also include access to the community.
The assessment with collaborate with the child, parents, carers, nursery / school / college and any other relevant professionals.
The aim of occupational therapy is to enable a child or young person to achieve their potential, not matter what. This can include play and learning, engagement within the environment, activities of daily living i.e., washing / dressing / eating, and access to the educational environment i.e., handwriting / organisation / physical education / cutting.
Assessments can explore the following areas:
- Physiological Regulation
- Sensory discrimination and modulation e.g. child carrying out excessive spinning or avoiding touch.
- Praxis skills including gross and fine motor.
- Play skills.
- Visual Perceptual Skills
- Visual-Motor Integration.
- Organisation and planning
Assessment may include the following:
- Parent/teacher/child questionnaires
- Consultation with child / Parent / Carer / Professionals etc.
- Direct interaction with the child
- Standardised and Non-Standardised Assessments.
All assessments results will be provided in a detailed report with recommendations and further referrals if required.