An initial evaluation typically takes 60-90 minutes and is conducted in the office/sensory gym environment. During an initial evaluation, various standardized assessments as well as clinical observation are performed in order to understand the child’s baseline. Interviews are conducted with the child's team members (teachers, other therapists, family members) to provide insights into their performance across various settings. Following this comprehensive evaluation, parents are provided with a written report summarizing the findings of the evaluation and interviews.
Therapy sessions are either 45 or 60 minutes, and the frequency of treatment is established during the follow-up consultation depending on need. All therapy sessions are conducted in the office/sensory gym environment, and OT strategies are demonstrated and reviewed weekly to ensure carryover and progress towards goals.
An important part of the therapy process includes collaborating with your child’s entire team to best understand their skills and behavior in various settings. Team members include caregivers, relevant school staff, and any other outside therapy providers. Ongoing communication with your child’s team ensures carryover of various strategies and skills. In my practice, I assess the whole child, and so therefore, what your child is learning in school, speech therapy, physical therapy, or in social skills groups is relevant to what we do in OT. Additionally, many other providers and school staff may benefit from OT strategies and insight into what their client is working on in OT. Ongoing communication is conducted on an as needed basis with written parental consent.