Occupational Therapy Assessments

NEW PATHS FOR ADAPTIVE FUNCTIONING

Occupational Therapy Assessments


 

Is your child struggling with writing? Are they experiencing difficulties with buttons, zippers and fasteners? Are they bothered by loud noises or other sensory stimuli?


As children grow and mature, many important developmental milestones are achieved which allows them to engage with objects, people, and their environment in positive and adaptive ways. Through their primary occupation of play, children develop and refine their strength, balance, and co-ordination in preparation for gross motor exploration, independent feeding, emotional regulation, play, self-care, organization, and school based activities. Difficulties with sensory processing, feeding, gross and fine motor skills, and self-care activities may indicate that early foundational skills were not refined and strengthened to their optimal potential. An occupational therapy assessment can identify the underlying influences that are impacting a child’s or adolescent’s ability to engage with activities in a meaningful way.

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NEW PATHS FOR ADAPTIVE FUNCTIONING

Occupational Therapy Assessments


Is your child struggling with writing? Are they experiencing difficulties with buttons, zippers and fasteners? Are they bothered by loud noises or other sensory stimuli?


As children grow and mature, many important developmental milestones are achieved which allows them to engage with objects, people, and their environment in positive and adaptive ways. Through their primary occupation of play, children develop and refine their strength, balance, and co-ordination in preparation for gross motor exploration, independent feeding, emotional regulation, play, self-care, organization, and school based activities. Difficulties with sensory processing, feeding, gross and fine motor skills and self-care activities may indicate that early foundational skills were not refined and strengthened to their optimal potential. An occupational therapy assessment can identify the underlying influences that are impacting a child’s or adolescent’s ability to engage with activities in a meaningful way.

Signs & Symptoms of Motor and Sensory Needs

Signs & Symptoms of Motor and Sensory Needs

  • Difficulty with fasteners

  • Difficulty climbing stairs

  • Difficulty riding a bicycle

  • Weak hand strength

  • Hypersensitive to sensory stimuli (i.e. noises, tastes, textures)

  • Poor letter and number formation/writing

  • Difficulty using utensils

  • Restricted food preferences

  • Challenges in sports

  • Difficulty with organization, managing their belongings

  • Difficulty with fasteners
  • Difficulty climbing stairs
  • Difficulty riding a bicycle
  • Weak hand strength
  • Hypersensitive to sensory stimuli (i.e. noises, tastes, textures)
  • Poor letter and number formation/writing
  • Difficulty using utensils
  • Restricted food preferences
  • Challenges in sports
  • Difficulty with organization, managing their belongings
At New Path Child & Adolescent Psychology Centre, we are committed to assisting you in understanding your child’s learning profile, areas of strengths, and the underlying causes of their gross and fine motor, sensory, emotional, or academic needs. Our comprehensive occupational therapy assessments are used to determine your child’s:


  • Pencil grasp & Control

  • Visual spatial skills

  • Written output

  • Manipulation of small objects

  • Ability to use fastners

  • Self-regulation skills
  • Bilateral co-ordination

  • Motor planning skills

  • Gross motor skills

  • Sensory processing

  • Feeding skills

  • Organizational skills


The results of an Occupational Therapy Assessment will provide you with information to understand your child’s gross and fine motor, sensory processing, and visual-spatial processing abilities and how they may be impacting your child’s adaptive living skills, play, learning, emotional, and behavioral performance. Accommodations and strategies specific to their needs are provided to parents and school board professionals to assist with increasing their independent functioning within their home and school environment.
At New Path Child & Adolescent Psychology Centre, we are committed to assisting you in understanding your child’s learning profile, areas of strengths, and the underlying causes of their gross and fine motor, sensory, emotional, or academic needs. Our comprehensive occupational therapy assessments are used to determine your child’s

  • Cognitive Abilities (i.e. intelligence)
  • Pencil grasp/Pencil control
  • Visual spatial skills
  • Written output
  • Manipulation of small objects
  • Feeding skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to use fastners
  • Bilateral co-ordination
  • Self-regulation skills
  • Motor planning skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Sensory processing
The results of an Occupational Therapy Assessment will provide you with information to understand your child’s gross and fine motor, sensory processing, and visual-spatial processing abilities and how they may be impacting your child’s adaptive living skills, play, learning, emotional, and behavioral performance. Accommodations and strategies specific to their needs are provided to parents and school board professionals to assist with increasing their independent functioning within their home and school environment.
Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.

- Maria Montessori

Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.

- Maria Montessori

Our Process

What Are The Benefits Of An Occupational Therapy Assessment?

An Occupational Therapy assessment will:

  • Determine areas of strengths and weaknesses
  • Determine the underlying causes of challenges
  • Provide recommendations to improve gross and fine motor skills, visual spatial processing, writing mechanics, sensory processing, organization, and self-regulation.
  • Provides the documentation needed to receive educational supports and accommodations within the School Board
  • Provide academic accommodations at university or college
What Is The Process Of An Occupational Therapy Assessment?

At the New Path Psychology Centre, we are passionate about providing every child, adolescent, and young adult with the ability to create new paths that contribute to their academic, social, behavioural, and emotional growth.

Our Occupational Therapy assessments are divided into 1-2 sessions:

Session 1:
Collecting Information & Developmental History
Session 2:
Testing, Feedback & Recommendations
Session 1: Collecting Information & Developmental History

The first session involves the following:

  • Reviewing privacy policy, confidentiality laws, and obtaining your consent
  • Collecting information about your child’s early and current developmental history, motor, sensory, academic, behavioural, and emotional functioning via an in-depth interview

At your first session, please provide us with any relevant reports by other professionals (i.e. Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Psychologist).

You may receive additional questionnaires that you will complete.

Estimated Duration:
1.5 hours
Session 2: Testing, Feedback & Recommendations

The second session involves the following:

  • Various tests and activities will be provided to determine your child’s gross and fine motor skills, visual-spatial processing, writing mechanics, sensory processing, organization, and self-regulation skills.

    In the final session, we review the results of the comprehensive Occupational Therapy Assessment and outline your child’s strengths and areas of need. Recommendations of how to support these identified challenges to lessen their impact on your child’s academic, behavioural, social, and emotional functioning are reviewed.

    We will explain how these strategies and recommendations can be implemented in the home and school settings.

    You are provided with the opportunity to provide feedback about the assessment process and ask questions about the results, application of recommendations and future implications. You will receive a copy of the assessment report.

Estimated Duration:
1.5 hours
Sharing Results With Your Child's School

Upon request from parents and/or school professionals, a separate meeting or school consultation can be arranged where the results of the Occupational Therapy Assessment and recommendations can be reviewed with your child’s classroom teacher, Special Educational/Resource Teacher, and/or principal.

School based professionals will be provided the opportunity to ask questions about the results, application of recommendations, and receive further suggestions of how to address gross and fine motor skills, visual spatial processing, writing mechanics, sensory processing, organization, and self-regulation.

Estimated Duration:
1 to 1.5 hours

Our Process


What Are The Benefits Of An Occupational Therapy Assessment?

An Occupational Therapy assessment will:

  • Determine areas of strengths and weaknesses
  • Determine the underlying causes of challenges
  • Provide recommendations to improve gross and fine motor skills, visual spatial processing, writing mechanics, sensory processing, organization, and self-regulation.
  • Provides the documentation needed to receive educational supports and accommodations within the School Board
  • Provide academic accommodations at university or college
What Is The Process Of An Occupational Therapy Assessment?

At the New Path Psychology Centre, we are passionate about providing every child, adolescent, and young adult with the ability to create new paths that contribute to their academic, social, behavioural, and emotional growth.

Our Occupational Therapy assessments are divided into 1-2 sessions:

Session 1:
Collecting Information & Developmental History
Session 2:
Testing, Feedback & Recommendations
Session 1: Collecting Information & Developmental History

The first session involves the following:

  • Reviewing privacy policy, confidentiality laws, and obtaining your consent
  • Collecting information about your child’s early and current developmental history, motor, sensory, academic, behavioural, and emotional functioning via an in-depth interview

At your first session, please provide us with any relevant reports by other professionals (i.e. Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Psychologist).

You may receive additional questionnaires that you will complete.

Estimated Duration:
1.5 hours
Session 2: Testing, Feedback & Recommendations

Various tests and activities will be provided to determine your child’s gross and fine motor skills, visual-spatial processing, writing mechanics, sensory processing, organization, and self-regulation skills

In the final session, we review the results of the comprehensive Occupational Therapy assessment and outline your child’s strengths and areas of need. Recommendations of how to support these identified challenges to lessen their impact on your child’s academic, behavioural, social, and emotional functioning are reviewed.

We will explain how these strategies can be included in an Individual Education Plan. We will explain how these strategies and recommendations can be implemented in the home and school settings.

You are provided with the opportunity to provide feedback about the assessment process and ask questions about the results, application of recommendations, and future implications. You will receive a copy of the assessment report.

Estimated Duration:
1.5 hours
Sharing Results With Your Child's School

Upon request from parents and/or school professionals, a separate meeting or school consultation can be arranged where the results of the occupational therapy assessment and recommendations can be reviewed with your child’s classroom teacher, Special Educational/Resource Teacher, and/or principal.

School based professionals will be provided the opportunity to ask questions about the results, application of recommendations, and receive further suggestions of how to address gross and fine motor skills, visual spatial processing, writing mechanics, sensory processing, organization, and self-regulation.

Estimated Duration:
1 to 1.5 hours

Schedule an Assessment

 
If you think your child may be experiencing difficulties with sensitivity to sensory stimuli, fine and gross motor tasks, writing, feeding, visual spatial skills, or organizational skills, contact us to schedule an Occupational Therapy assessment.

Schedule an Assessment

 
If you think your child may be experiencing difficulties with sensitivity to sensory stimuli, fine and gross motor tasks, writing, feeding, visual spatial skills, or organizational skills, contact us to schedule an Occupational Therapy assessment.