Occupational Therapy Assessment
Sometimes children with autism need a little help from an occupational therapist to learn skills that will improve independence. The first step towards receiving this valuable therapeutic support is a comprehensive assessment. During assessment sessions, an occupational therapist will work with you and your child to identify the barriers impacting your child’s daily-living activities (toileting, dressing, eating, basic hygiene) productive occupations (play, school readiness) and leisure activities (community and leisure participation). This may include understanding fine, gross and sensory processing strengths and limitations. The results will help you understand your child’s needs and select the appropriate form of treatment.
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Identify Strengths and Barriers
Occupational therapy assessment will:
- Identify client’s strengths and understanding underlying barriers to participation in self-care, productivity and leisure.
- Provide recommendations to target specific occupational therapy needs .
- Provide a comprehensive occupational therapy assessment report.
During the sessions, a registered occupational therapist will begin by gathering information and consents to understand the client’s areas of strengths and needs. The first few sessions may involve asking you or your child to complete sensory or development questionnaires, observing your child, and complete formal and informal tests and activities to understand their strengths and needs.
The occupational therapist will complete a comprehensive report and provide recommendations to improve your child’s participation in functional goals. At the end of your session, your occupational therapist will review the report with you and recommend potential next steps to achieve skill development.
Occupational therapy assessment is appropriate for you and your child if:
- You have a child, aged 0-18.
- Your child has fine motor, gross motor or sensory processing needs that impact skill development (ie. toileting, dressing, eating, basic hygiene, play school/work readiness, community and leisure participation).
- Your child can sit and attend for some formal and informal assessment components.
- Your child has not received a comprehensive occupational therapy assessment.