Parent Planning MeetingYou will be booked in for a Parent Planning meeting which is an initial consultation with one of our occupational therapists. Prior to this meeting our Occupational Therapist will review the background information that you have provided about your child. Parent planning meetings are held online. At the parent planning meeting, which will occur over 45 minutes, the OT will coach you to identify and prioritise goals and formulate a therapy plan for your child. This includes discussing various areas of your child’s development and understanding your child’s everyday life. Children do not attend this meeting, so you can have an open discussion about your child’s needs. After your meeting, the Occupational Therapist will spend the remainder of the hour creating a summary of your meeting with OT goals and recommendations to be sent to you as well as linking any additional resources and information about other services they feel your child may benefit from.
Individual OT Intervention
At the start of your child’s one-on-one sessions, their Occupational Therapist will review the OT goals set in your parent planning meeting. Your child’s OT will then create and implement an intervention plan to address these specific goals. Your OT will regularly review your child’s OT goals to ensure that OT intervention is meeting desired outcomes and that the intervention is flexible to the ever-evolving needs of you and your child. Your child’s OT may also suggest activities to do at home during the week to help your child continue practicing their skills and integrate them into their everyday routine. Throughout OT intervention, your child’s OT may also recommend other OT services such as group programs should they meet the goals of your child.
Our in-clinic Occupational Therapy sessions run for 60 minutes (50 minutes face to face, 10 minutes of notes and resources). How long your child engages in Occupational Therapy intervention depends on their goals and progress however this is always up to you.
At Occupational Therapy Helping Children, we strongly believe in using a holistic, collaborative approach. Hence, it is not required to engage in OT assessments to access any part of our service. However, if you require OT assessments for school supports, funding or other reasons, we are able to offer a range of assessments to meet these needs. This includes HSC School Provisions Assessments, Functional Capacity Assessments, OT Assessments for access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Assistive Technology Assessments. Depending on the type of assessment, our assessments take approximately 1.5 hours and can involve a range of standardised and non-standardised tests specifically chosen to meet the assessment needs. Following the assessment, a comprehensive report will be written, tailored to meet the purpose of the assessment.
You can read more about our Initial Assessments in our FAQs.
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