OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS
- Referral. Often a doctor or a teacher may suggest that a child might benefit from Occupational Therapy.
- A list of Occupational Therapists in your location can be obtained from www.medpages.co.za or from our resource list.
- The Occupational Therapist will make an appointment for an initial interview and an assessment. The occupational therapist starts by establishing a holistic picture of the child’s physical, emotional, cognitive and social development by providing background information questionnaires or by interviewing parents and/or teachers.
- The Occupational Therapist will do the necessary assessments that might include the child's visual perception skills, gross and fine motor skills, scholastic skills and if necessary Sensory Integration Processing (by trained Sensory Integration Therapist).
- Identification of problems and needs, goal setting and action planning are compiled in a report.
- A feedback interview will be scheduled with the parents to discuss the results of the assessment and to decide if Occupational Therapy will be necessary.
- The child attends Occupational Therapy sessions if needed or necessary referrals are made by the OT.
- Ongoing assessment and revision help the Occupational therapist to keep track of progress.
- Measurement of outcomes. A re-assessment can be done after 6 months (24 sessions) to determine improvements in the child’s level of development and skills.