The Initial Evaluation: A Closer Look At Your Situation
An occupational evaluation can be initiated by a teacher, therapist, doctor, or you the parent. An initial screening form is typically completed by you or whomever referred the child for occupational therapy. A licensed occupational therapist will then spend about an hour with you and your child to assess strengths and weaknesses, and determine initial treatment goals that correspond to the plans that you have for your child’s future.
Another aspect of the OT evaluations is familiarizing you with the importance of our work. What exactly is occupational therapy? How will it help your child? How will it impact your family life? These questions and many more will be answered in order to ease your concerns about the treatment we offer. We want to help you understand how we can help make your child the best they can be.
Clinical Observation: Getting To Know Your Child
Once we get to know you, the next step is observing your child in a variety of settings. In order to truly understand the nature of your child’s difficulties, we’d like to see how he or she reacts and behaves in different environments. For example, how do they act in a group vs. one on one? How does he or she play, and how do they handle switching from one activity to another? Understanding your child’s responses allows us to identify key issues, which then helps to choose the most effective path to take in successfully achieving the goals we establish together.
Standardized Testing: Learning From Your Child
These tests are designed to evaluate the progress of children compared to their peers, specifically with fine motor, visual perceptual and sensory processing development. What can your child do with their hands? Do they use both hands or are they limited to one? Are their able to use one hand to reach across their bodies to pick up something on the opposite side? Can they switch from one side to the other? Can they visually attend to a task?
Formalized Report: Where Do We Go From Here?
Once our occupational therapist has gathered enough information about you and your child, he or she assembles a formalized report documenting the scores, observations and, most importantly, what it all means for you. We then work together with you to outline a set of goals for you and your child. It’s important for us to work hand-in-hand with you in order to ensure that your child’s care reflects your wants and needs.
Before starting therapy, we must have a physician referral and documentation of insurance coverage. This information can be mailed or faxed to our office at:
The Emerge Center
Attention: Occupational Therapy
7784 Innovation Park Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820
Once this is complete, we will work with you to make a treatment schedule.