The Occupational Therapy Process
The occupational therapist first evaluates using a variety of methods such as standardized developmental tests, clinical observations, parent interviews and questionnaires to gather the most information we can in order to make and informed decision on the needs of your child and the course of treatment. We use a collaborative effort with the family to create the child’s treatment plan and goals, as well as home exercise program recommendations.
Every three months, your therapist together with a lead therapist (clinical supervisor) will evaluate your child’s progress by assessing his/her performance on the proposed goals. In this ways, parents and therapist can have an idea on how therapy is positively affecting functional outcomes in your child. Is a way to measure gains and track progress but also guide the therapeutic process towards success.
The most important aspect of our treatment is the premise of child directed intervention. This means that the child leads the way. Intervention focuses on addressing the individual needs of the child based upon concerns of the family and evaluation findings. It is our role as therapists to provide a variety of challenges within a safe and child friendly environment. This allows the children to use their bodies in new, efficient and safe ways that will carry over into all aspects of their daily routines.
Every year after the initial evaluation we will re-evaluate the child to asses their progress and continued need for services.
When the child has achieved the proposed goals and when he / she are actively and successfully participating in their occupations, a discharge plan will be proposed. Usually a gradual decrease of services until full discharge is necessary to monitor continued progress.