Our Therapy Pathway
Our therapy pathway is based on the Occupational Therapy and Data-Driven Decision Making Processes to ensure we adhere to best practice pathways.
1. Identifying the Child’s Strengths and Participation Challenges
- Free Consultation: A phone call with an Occupational Therapist to discuss your child’s needs.
- Initial screening questionnaire completed by parents/guardians.
2. Conducting a Comprehensive Assessment
The formal assessment process may include:
- A one to one assessment will take place at our studio; this session takes 90 minutes -2.5 hours dependant on the package. The therapist will complete a series of standardised assessments and clinical observations. The tools will be selected based on the referral information provided.
- An observation of the child at home or school.
- Completion of parent and school staff report questionnaires.
- Additional telephone consultation with parents/guardians.
3. Generating a Hypothesis (Assessment report and Feedback)
- The therapist will score, analyse and interpret your child’s assessment results.
- A comprehensive report will detail the findings including strengths, areas of needs and recommendations.
- You will meet with the therapist to discuss the report findings and recommendations. This will take place 3-4 weeks following the assessment.
- The therapist may also provide you with appropriate sensory resources to begin supporting your child’s identified needs.
4. Developing and Scaling Goals
- Bespoke goals will be developed in collaboration with the family.
- Teachers and Social workers may be consulted regarding goals when appropriate.
- Families will be invited to a goal review meeting at the end of each block of sessions.
5. Conducting the Intervention
This may include:
- One to one sessions
- School Support Visit
- Home Support Visit
- Sensory diet programme
- Occupational Therapy programme
6. Outcome Measures and Measuring Progress
- Your child’s short term progress will be evaluated through review of their goals (met, partially met or exceeded expectations).
- Re-assessment using standardised assessment tools and questionnaires.
- Regular progress reviews allow the therapist to make any necessary changes to your child’s therapy package to optimise their progress.
7. Moving On
When your child is ready to move on from Live & Love it, a discharge plan will be developed collaboratively with the family and therapist. Your child may be referred on to another appropriate service.
Faller, P., Hunt, J., VanHooydonk, E., Mailloux., Schaaf, R. (2016). Application of Data-Driven Decision Making Using Ayres Sensory Integration With a Child With Autism. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 70 (1), 1-9.