Our therapy pathway is based on the Occupational Therapy and Data-Driven Decision Making Processes to ensure we adhere to best practice evidence.
1. Identifying the Child’s Strengths and Participation Challenges
- Free Consultation: A phone call with an Occupational Therapist to discuss your child’s needs.
- Developmental history questionnaire completed by parents/guardians.
- Sensory Processing Measure (Home and School/Preschool questionnaires).
2. Conducting a Comprehensive Assessment
- A one to one assessment will take place at our studio.
- The therapist will complete a series of standardised assessments and clinical observations. The tools will be selected based on the referral information provided.
3. Generating a Hypothesis (Assessment report and Feedback)
- The therapist will score, analyse and interpret your child’s assessment results.
- They will then produce a comprehensive report detailing 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 support your child.
4. Developing and Scaling Goals
- Bespoke goals will be developed in collaboration with the family and child (if appropriate).
- Goals will be reviewed regularly; usually once per school term.
5. Conducting the Intervention
This may include:
- One to one sessions (at the Horsham Studio or in school).
- School and/or home support visits; to advise on providing a regulating environment, discuss bespoke recommendations and develop programmes.
- Sensory diet programme – A bespoke programme designed to provide sensory input throughout a child’s day to support them to achieve a favourable arousal state and develop their sensory processing skills.
- Occupational Therapy programme – A skills based programme to work on sensory processing and motor skills.
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).
- When appropriate we will re-assess your child using standardised assessment tools and questionnaires to review their progress.
- 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&Loveit, 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.