What To Expect
When a parent suspects difficulties with their child’s development, they are welcome to contact us. A short interview will be done telephonically, where we will gain the necessary background information and get an idea of the concerns regarding the child’s development and skills.
A comprehensive assessment will then be done, according to the child’s age and areas of difficulty. This will give the therapist a better understanding of the child’s strength and weaknesses. The assessment will usually include looking at all areas of development, including sensory processing skills, planning and coordination, gross and fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills as well as the child’s social and emotional development. Observations will be done during formal standardised tests as well as during informal play activities.
Once the assessment has been completed and the results interpreted, the parents will join the therapist for a feedback session. The test results will be discussed and the most effective treatment plan will be recommended. The therapy times and frequency will also be discussed during this session. The parents will also receive a comprehensive report following the assessment.
Therapy will be done in a room that is large enough to provide sensory rich activities in a safe environment. The goal is to involve as many senses as possible and to ideally provide an opportunity for two or more of the senses to be engaged and work together.
While the activities are mostly child directed, they are structured by the therapist to provide the most favourable arousal level and increase the likelihood of success for the child. The activities will always be presented in a playful manner as children learn best while they are playing, even more so if the play was their own idea! The activities used will be carefully analysed so that it matches the child’s interest and motivates them while still working on building certain skills.