The comprehensive assessment is recommended for children who are referred to an Occupational Therapist for the first time. This will help us to gain a better understanding of the child’s history and overall development. The assessment will lay the groundwork for individual goal setting and OT treatment.

Meike with young girl during occupational therapy in Burnaby clinic

Comprehensive Occupational Therapy

The assessment process includes a 2-4 hour meeting with the parents and the child. The assessment utilizes various standardized tests, clinical observations, and a detailed parent interview and questionnaire. Parents are encouraged to bring previous assessments and reports from health care professionals and any pertinent school documents.

A full occupational therapy assessment encompasses the evaluation of the child’s current progress in each developmental area. This will help to uncover the underlying barrier inhibiting optimal performance. The assessment is then summarized in a written report, which is used as a baseline for the intervention process.

An assessment includes:

  • Sensory processing skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual perception
  • Oral motor function
  • Sensory processing
  • Printing/Written output
  • Clinical observation including muscle tone, strength, bilateral integration and midline crossing, dominance, body awareness, postural control, and motor planning.

We provide the parents with a comprehensive report that explains clinical findings and offers recommendations and practical strategies for the home and school environment. We will also be available to consult with teachers, caregivers, and other professionals on an individual basis.

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