OT4KIDS offers tiered assessments: a screening assessment and a comprehensive assessment. Providing options enables the family to choose what best meets their needs, based on the age and needs of their child, the reason for the assessment, and their financial resources.
A screening assessment is a one hour non-standardized assessment based on clinical observations of the child’s performance within the family’s area of concern. No written report is provided.
This type of assessment is most appropriate for young children, children with developmental delays and/or for families who are more interested in receiving treatment and/or who do not require a written report.
Not all children require a comprehensive assessment before starting treatment. However, all children must participate in a screening assessment. Doing so, enables the clinician to observe the child’s performance within the area of concern and begin to identify the child’s areas of strength and need to enhance performance. This information provides a starting point for intervention. From this, functional goals are established with the family and an action plan is organized.
A comprehensive assessment is a detailed assessment of the child’s performance across several areas of occupation (daily activities), including the developmental skills that underly and support the child’s performance within each area of occupation. The clinician uses standardized and nonstandardized assessment tools, in addition to clinical observations, to unpack the factors that may be interfering with the child’s ability to participate in the required daily activities with success, independence and mental well-being.
This comprehensive assessment is most appropriate for children who are experiencing complex issues affecting their performance across several areas of occupation either at home, school and/or community. It is also highly valuable for families who require a written report in order to help advocate and support their child within the community in achieving their greatest potential.
The assessment process begins with an intake meeting with the family to gather background information and to openly and honestly discuss their concerns. The assessment is then completed over 2-4 visits depending on the child’s age and ability. Once the assessment is completed, a case conference is organized with the family to review the assessment report, answer questions, share recommendations and collaborate next steps. A comprehensive written report is provided to the family upon completion that they can share as needed to support their child.