Assessment can be arranged for children with a variety of difficulties. Areas of function assessed include:
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Handwriting difficulties and speed
Life stages: transition to pre-school, school, secondary school or adulthood
Following assessment a programme of intervention is devised to work on the priorities of each child and their family. This could include:
Treatment sessions to work towards individual goals. A written programme of activities that can be carried out with a parent or member of school staff is often also provided.
Intervention is targeted to meet individual goals for example, with a focus on developing sensory strategies or handwriting. Sensory Integration Therapy is provided in some settings.
Equipment to provide postural support or to assist with developing skills. Examples include moulded pencil grips, a writing slope or a seat cushion.
Your Occupational Therapist can meet with your child’s teacher or SENCo to discuss the assessment and recommended intervention. A report to summarise the identified difficulties can be provided to support an Education, Health and Care Plan assessment.
Attendance at educational meetings or an annual reviews can be arranged to report progress and make plans made for ongoing therapy.
Assessment of development and identification of barriers and strategies for a successful transition to a new environment.
To minimise disruption and encourage communication with other professionals sessions ideally take place at school. If this is not possible a community venue in Brentwood can be arranged.