Assessments usually take place in your own home, where your child will feel most comfortable. Fun is an important part of every assessment – our aim is for you and your child to find it an enjoyable experience.
Joint Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assessment
Suitable for pre-schoolers upwards. This is a complete comprehensive holistic assessment. Prior to this appointment you will be asked to complete several background information forms and questionnaires, and to send us copies of any relevant medical or therapy reports. Information will be requested from your child’s school/nursery with your consent, when available.
The assessment will include: an examination of muscle strength, tone, joint range of movement and balance, an assessment of fine and gross motor skills, visual perception, visual motor integration, sensory processing and pencil skills, together with assessment of functional abilities such as using cutlery and dressing skills.
The session will include standardised and non-standardised assessments. Standardised assessments are delivered in the same way for each child and are designed to measure a child’s abilities in comparison with other children of the same age. This will usually give you a percentile score or an age equivalent. The results of this assessment can be used to support a diagnosis, given by a paediatrician, of Developmental Coordination Disorder / Dyspraxia.
Non-standardised assessments are still structured, but offer more flexibility, so that the therapists can adjust activities to your child’s ability level, to reveal information that may be tricky to gain through a standardised assessment.
Following this appointment, the standardised assessments, questionnaires, and rating scales will all be scored and a comprehensive report will be compiled, highlighting each child’s strengths and challenges. Therapeutic recommendations with management and treatment strategies, and advice for the way forward, will also be outlined. The results of this assessment can be used to support a diagnosis, given by a paediatrician, of Developmental Coordination Disorder / Dyspraxia.
Full co-ordination assessment includes a 30 minute zoom call with the Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist, followed by a 90 minute face to face assessment with both therapists plus the time for the therapists to complete the detailed report after the assessment. Following the draft report you will have the opportunity for a further 30 minute zoom meeting to discuss the findings and recommendations.
Suitable for all ages from babies upwards, this appointment will involve taking a comprehensive history from the parent and child (if age appropriate) regarding the nature of the issues, followed by a formal assessment of the child in your own home. This may include developmental observations, gait observation, assessment of muscle strength and tone, measurement of joint range of movement and balance and will include a brief summary of findings and advice. If required a full report can be provided following the assessment at an extra charge, which will include further recommendations for treatment and next steps. The report may be used as supporting evidence for education.
New clients: 60 minutes with the physiotherapist, plus the time to provide a brief summary.
Subsequent therapy sessions for returning clients: Each subsequent session would be 45 minutes and could incorporate activities that focus on; Gross motor, Balance, Strength. This session will include a handover to parents and carers.
Occupational Therapy Assessment
Suitable for all ages from pre-schoolers upwards. Prior to this appointment you may be asked to complete a number of background information forms and questionnaires and to send in copies of any relevant medical or therapy reports. Information may be requested from your child’s school/nursery with your consent, if required. During the appointment your child will complete appropriate standardised assessments for their presenting difficulties, as well as informal discussions and play between your child and the Occupational Therapist, which will be completed in a quiet, 1:1 environment within your home.
Assessments could include:
Formal Handwriting Assessment: a detailed assessment of all aspects of handwriting, which can be used to apply for additional time in exams or assistive technology in schools.
Visual perception and visual motor integration skills: an assessment to determine strengths and weaknesses in a child’s visual perception, which is the ability to make sense of what you see.
Sensory profiling: an evaluation of sensory processing preferences in relation to home, school and community-based activities.
A detailed report is included in this package. The report may be used as supporting evidence for education.
New clients: 60 minutes with the Occupational Therapist and the required time for the therapist to complete the detailed report following this.
Subsequent sessions for returning client: Each subsequent session would be 45 minutes and could incorporate activities that focus on; Functional fine motor skills, Handwriting, Core strength and sensory strategies. This session will include a handover to parents and carers.
All children are different, we can also create tailor-made assessment packages to suit the exact needs of your child.
Physio and Occupational Therapy Treatment Sessions
Joint Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy or individual therapy treatment sessions can be offered to support your child’s needs. Each child is an individual and therefore each session will be tailored to them these will be 45 minutes in duration with both therapists. Children will be given home programmes to work on in-between sessions. The aim is to teach and empower parents and carers to support their children’s development, This will ensure progress and continuation from one session to the next. Sessions can be either a one off or booked as a block of six.
Assessment Package Fees
Please contact us so we can discuss your concerns and provide you with a costing for the assessment and/or treatment package that is most appropriate for your child. Any additional time for therapists to attend meetings, make school visits, review documents or make phone calls will be charged on a pro rata basis. Travel is charged per mile.