Initial ConsultationYour child will be booked in for an initial consultation with one of our occupational therapists. Depending on your child’s needs you will be booked in for a Parent Planning meeting or a screening appointment. This will be determined during the referral process and by reviewing the background information that you send in about your child.
Parent Planning Meeting
Parent planning meetings are held online. At the parent planning meeting, which takes about 60 minutes, the OT will take a detailed history from you about your child’s family, early development, medical history, other professionals that you are working with, schooling, social skills and ask you to walk them through a “typical” day for your child. Children do not attend this meeting, so you can have an open discussion about your child’s needs. The OT will coach you to identify and prioritise goals and formulate a therapy plan for your child. They may also use this time to send you additional resources and information about other services they feel your child may benefit from.
One-on-one OT Sessions
At the start of your child’s one-on-one sessions, their Occupational Therapist will set therapy goals with you and your child. Your child’s OT will then tailor the session activities to these specific goals. Depending on what skills your child is working on, this could include handwriting, improving their gross motor co-ordination or learning how to regulate their own behaviour. Whatever it is, the activities will be building your child’s skills. Your child’s OT may also suggest activities and exercises to do at home during the week to help your child continue practicing their skills and incorporate them into their daily life.
We’ll recommend the length of your child’s sessions (between 45 minutes – 1 hour) and how long they come to us for depending on your their needs, goals and progress, however, this is always up to you.
Our assessments take approximately 1.5 hours and involve a series of standardised and non-standardised tests specifically chosen for your child to complete. This is so we can thoroughly understand your child’s challenges and needs to ensure their OT sessions are tailored to meet their needs. It also acts as a benchmark to understand the degree to which your child is struggling in certain areas and to measure their progress throughout their time with us. Following the assessment a comprehensive report will be written, outlining the goals for your child and guidelines for their therapy interventions.
You can read more about our Initial Assessments in our FAQs.
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