Assessments

We offer a full range of Occupational Therapy assessments tailored to the needs of your child.
Live & Love it will discuss the options with you during your free consultation. These may include:

A child does not require a formal diagnosis in order to receive support as we work on a functional, needs led basis. The Person, Environment, Occupation model underpins our work; we will look at how your child’s strengths and needs, their environment (home, school, and community) and the occupations (activities) they participate in, contribute to their Occupational Performance. Occupational Performance refers to your child’s ability to carry out their roles and routines including self-care, play and leisure and work and productivity (school work and chores).

How to tell if your child requires an assessment:

A child would benefit from an assessment when their ability to participate in, enjoy or experience success in their daily occupations is affected.

Assessment tools available:

A selection of tools with be utilised in order to gather information about your child’s strengths and needs across several environments. These may include:

  • The Sensory Processing Measure; Home, School and Preschool forms
    Questionnaires completed by home and school/nursery looking at social participation, vision, hearing, touch, body awareness, balance/motion and planning/ideas.
  • Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (Sixth Edition)
    A tool to identify motor control, visual perceptual or visual-motor integration difficulties that may impact handwriting.
  • Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (Second Edition)
    A motor skills assessment comprising 8 subtest items to identify fine and gross motor skill difficulties. Subtests include; fine motor precision, fine motor integration, manual dexterity, bilateral coordination, balance, running speed and agility, upper limb coordination and strength.
  • The Sensory Integration and Praxis Test
    A comprehensive assessment of Sensory Integration comprising 17 subtests that measure visual, tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive function as well as motor performance. This test is capable of identifying disorders of praxis (dyspraxia).
  • Ayres Clinical observations

Finding out the results of the assessment:

The therapist will discuss some key findings with you during the assessment session.

Following this our therapist will spend time analysing and scoring the assessment before producing a comprehensive report detailing the findings. This will be sent to you within 2-3 weeks of the assessment. You will subsequently be invited to meet with the therapist to discuss the findings and devise a therapeutic support package that suits the needs of your child and family.