Comprehensive Evaluation ServicesUsed to develop a baseline of ability level and assess areas of need
An initial evaluation using some form of observation and/or standardized assessment is performed to establish a baseline ability level and assess areas of need.
One of our experienced therapists will contact you to discuss your child's specific needs. At that time the therapist will assist you in deciding if a formal evaluation is necessary and if so, which evaluation appears to be the most appropriate to target specific areas of concern.
Our staff is knowledgeable about many other resources available in the area and will direct you to what seems to be the most appropriate intervention for your child.
The following assessments are those most commonly used, however play based assessments may be used for younger children. Along with formal assessments, clinical observations are carried out to observe a child's postural control and functional movement. Other specific tests may be used as well after determining specific needs.
SENSORY INTEGRATION AND PRAXIS TEST (SIPT)
The SENSORY INTEGRATION AND PRAXIS TEST (SIPT) is the most comprehensive occupational therapy evaluation for children over 5. This test requires two different testing sessions each lasting approximately 2 hours and takes the therapist approximately 1-2 hours to score. A parent conference will be scheduled to discuss the findings and recommendations and a written report is provided.
MILLER ASSESSMENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS (MAP)
The MILLER ASSESSMENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS (MAP) assesses sensory processing for children ages 3-5. This test takes 1 ½ to 2 hours to administer and 1 hour to score. There is a parent conference scheduled to discuss the findings and recommendations. A written report is also included.
MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT BATTERY FOR CHILDREN (MABC)
The MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT BATTERY FOR CHILDREN (MABC) is a diagnostic tool used to assess gross, fine and visual motor skills for children ages 4-12. The test takes approximately 1 hour to administer and 1 hour to score. Once the evaluation report is completed, there is a parent conference scheduled to discuss the findings and recommendations.
FINE MOTOR EVALUATION
A FINE MOTOR EVALUATION evaluates the child’s fine motor performance only. The therapist will select any number of diagnostic tests to administer in this 1- 2 hour testing session. A discussion of findings and recommendations occurs after the testing session and a written report is provided.
BRUININKS-OSERETSKY TEST OF MOTOR PROFICIENCY
The BRUININKS-OSERETSKY TEST OF MOTER PROFICIENCY second edition (BOT-2) is a standardized test that measures a wide array of motor skills for persons aged 4-21. It provides a reliable appraisal of fine and gross motor control. This test takes up to 1 to 1 ½ hours to administer and 1 hour to score. A parent conference will be scheduled to discuss findings and recommendations after the written report is complete.
PHYSICAL THERAPY EVALUATION
A PHYSICAL THERAPY EVALUATION includes a developmental history and standardized assessment(s). The physical therapist will assess the acquisition of specific gross motor skills including gait, strength, postural alignment, dexterity, balance, range of motion, functional skills assessment, and sensory-motor processing. Each child and family’s goals, plan of care, and treatment are individualized to accommodate the child’s specific needs. At the parents request, the therapist will communicate and collaborate with other professionals involved in the child’s care. Once the evaluation report is completed, there is a parent conference scheduled to discuss the findings and recommendations.
OTHER EVALUATIONS are utilized to assess specific skills and functioning. The therapist will select any number of diagnostic tools for the testing session. These evaluations require 1-2 hours for testing and 1 hour for data categorization. A parent conference will be scheduled to discuss findings and recommendations after the completion of the written report.