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Assessment of your child

Usually following a referral to Therapy Space I am able to provide a full, detailed assessment followed up with a report and it may be clear they have one or a number of the following conditions.(see list below). As an OT I am able to identify and provide potential diagnoses of Dyspraxia, DCD and Sensory Processing Disorder. It is recommended that this is backed up by another member of a medical team. I am also able to pick up on many of the other conditions listed and can steer you in the right direction for getting support. Understanding your child’s problems helps parents move forward in gaining support for their child who is often struggling in mainstream school.

Full Assessment

Duration – 3 hours

Parents and school staff are asked to complete a number of questionnaires prior to visit. Assessment will look at and consists of clinical observations, handwriting, fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing assessment. The child usually enjoys the session as there is fun equipment available to use alongside a structured task orientated session. Observation is key to understanding behaviour. During assessment I often pick up on behavioural problems and ask parents to complete questionnaires prior to visits to enable less questioning during session. Liaison with school is helpful and schools are asked to complete questionnaires prior to assessment. I also find it useful to read copies of other professionals reports prior to visit especially Educational Psychologists, OT etc.

Mini observational assessment

Duration – 1.5 hours

Parents will be asked to complete questionnaires and an informal assessment will consist of clinical observations and play in sensory integration environment. Verbal feedback is given so parents are asked to bring a pad and paper to make notes. This is often a quick and useful way to get a quick basic breakdown of strengths and difficulties but I do recommend full assessments as can cover everything in much more detail.

Reports

A report is completed ideally within a 2-4 week period and sent directly to referrer which is often the parent. Parents are then free to distribute to who they would like. Sharing information is essential if attending other health professional clinics. E.g. If any child is being seen by NHS OT services the staff should be aware of each other’s involvement and this is primarily the reponsibilty of parent to share. N.B. I am able to offer legal reports required for tribunals and have qualifications to do this.

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