When a child is referred for Occupational Therapy the process is started with an assessment. This involves the parent and child, as well as a discussion with teacher/observations at school, along with discussions with other team members, e.g. Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapist, Psychologist. The assessments are carried out primarily at home, and include, depending on the child’s presenting problems, a discussion with caregivers, clinical observations, and standardised assessment tools. The assessment findings together with information from the discussions are then integrated into a report at which time a summary and recommendations will be given to the parents. If therapy is recommended, goals are set together with the parents and an individual intervention programme is set.
Therapy sessions vary in length and can be either home or school based. In addition to the 1:1 sessions, parents are also provided with ideas/activities/recommendations to work on at home between sessions to support ongoing skill acquisition.