OT, Functional Capacity and Speech Pathology Assessments

Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology

At Kool KATTS, we strive to provide gold-standard occupational and speech therapy assessment and screening services to our current and new children and families. The start of a strong therapeutic relationship begins with an opportunity to get to know more about the child and their family – their history, their strengths, their concerns, and needs. This is best achieved through conducting a comprehensive occupational therapy assessment.  A thorough initial assessment allows us to collect all the required information, so we can then carefully analyse and interpret the findings to formulate an appropriate intervention/management plan.

What do we use to assess our clients?

Our occupational therapist uses a range of tools and sources of information to build a comprehensive profile of their clients during an initial assessment. Some examples of tools we may use during an initial or review assessment:

  • Standardised and non-standardised tests
  • Parent and teacher questionnaires
  • Parent, teacher and health professional interviews
  • Task analysis of video samples taken from home or school
  • Clinical and Home Observations
  • Physical and functional examinations of body and hands
  • Digital recordings-audio & visual of the assessment process

 

 

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What We Can Help

The type of assessments KoolKATTS performs are:

Occupational Therapy

We offer a range of OT assessment types that have a face to face component and a report that is tailored your needs. 

Speech Pathology

We offer a range of Speech assessment types that have a face to face component and a report that is tailored your needs. 

Functional Capacity Assessments

An assessment to identify a person’s current functional status, identify any areas where they may require support or assistance, and develop a plan to help them achieve their goals and improve their overall function.

How do I prepare for my upcoming assessment?

Occupational Therapy

If your child is under 5 years of age: the assessment will be play based . There is no need to prepare them in any way although you might bring their favourite toy along for comfort. During the assessment the therapist will be observing you and your child playing together. This will allow us to assess your child’s motor function, social skills, play skills and sensory processing. We will then have one of our lovely OT assistants play with your child in the room while we discuss any further information, goals, worries and how OT will work for your family.

If your child is school aged and is able to engage in standardised testing, a literacy assessment will be conducted in a separate 1/2 – 1 hour session to assess their reading and spelling. Bringing along a sample of their school work is recommended to allow the Speech Pathologist to see a larger written sample.

Speech Pathology

Again, there is no need to prepare your child for a speech therapy assessment. For both young and older children, the assessment will consist of moments of play based assessment and activities/tasks directed by the Speech Pathologist to assess your child’s communication. The tasks and activities will be specially selected to suit your child’s needs.

If your child is school aged and is able to engage in standardised testing, a literacy assessment will be conducted in a separate 1/2 – 1 hour session to assess their reading and spelling. Bringing along a sample of their school work is recommended to allow the Speech Pathologist to see a larger written sample.

What happens after an Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology evaluation?

Following your evaluation, if you chose to have a report, we will compile the assessment results and formulate them into a report for you. Some parents may choose to have a one page summary report which you will have within one week. Others may require a full comprehensive report to apply for funding through the NDIS, this report takes a minimum of 2 hours (Speech) or 3 hours (OT) for the therapist to complete.

We will then commence Occupational Therapy and/or Speech Pathology intervention with your child. Within the first month we will have a Parents as Partners appointment with you. This is a chance for you and your therapist to speak freely (without your child present) to discuss your goals for therapy and what we will do to help you achieve these goals in our sessions.

When will I receive my report?

Our reports are gold standard, well-written, detailed assessment reports. The process of collating, interpreting, and reporting on findings from your child’s assessment can often mean that a report can only be provided 3 weeks from completion of the assessment process.

We also offer our families a summary report option should your child have an upcoming meeting or a current Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology report issued within a year.

What’s the next step?

If you feel that you may need an initial assessment and you aren’t sure, then either call us or use the contact form and we’ll get in touch to answer any questions you may have.
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