In order to determine if your child needs therapy, the therapist must first conduct an evaluation. Your first scheduled appointment will be for an evaluation.
Please ensure all requested paperwork has been provided at least 3 days prior to your evaluation date. This ensures your therapists have had time to read your child’s history and develop an assessment plan specific to your child’s needs.
Plan ahead so that you may accompany your child to the evaluation. The therapist will ask many questions regarding your child’s development and your input is critical. Ideally, both parents or primary caregivers should be present at the evaluation.
Sign in at the front desk to let the receptionist know you are here. Make yourself comfortable in the waiting room, and allow your child to play. Your therapist will come meet you in the waiting room, and escort you back to an evaluation room. The room will be comfortable and include many familiar toys for your child. You will need to stay with your child for the duration of the evaluation.
Your therapist will ask many questions about your child’s development. They will also engage your child with familiar toys, activities, and games. They will observe you interacting with your child. They may administer “standardized” assessment tasks during the evaluation. While administering standardized assessments, the therapist will instruct you not to help your child if they cannot answer or complete the task. It is important that we see your child’s abilities without assistance. Your therapist will also conduct dynamic assessment, engaging your child to see how they respond to different levels of assistance to facilitate success!
Following the evaluation, your therapist will let you know if they have concerns and if they may be recommending therapy for your child. The therapist will write an Evaluation Report for both you and your pediatrician. If therapy is being recommended for your child, this report will contain a detailed Plan of Care with therapy goals and a recommendation for how much therapy your child needs.
Using the information from the initial evaluation, therapy sessions will begin targeting goals developed in the Plan of Care. Your child will participate in age-appropriate activities to practice these target skills. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in order to receive hands on training. This will help you carry over your child’s treatment goals across their day and into the home setting.
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