Your first appointment is used to get to know you and your child, to assess your child’s current abilities, and develop an understanding of their strengths and difficulties. From this information, we can then work together to develop a plan to help to optimise your child’s overall abilities and well-being.
Here is a general outline of what we might do during your first therapy session:
Ask you and your child questions, using an information sheet and face to face questions
Questions we will ask might include what your child can and can’t do, what they like to do and play with. We will also ask questions about your child’s medical and developmental history, and what you would like to get out of therapy for your child.
Perform an evaluation of your child’s strengths/abilities and weaknesses/difficulties
For our physiotherapists, this might include watching how they move and play; testing their muscle strength, joint movements, and their balance and coordination; challenging their movement abilities; and reviewing their sensory systems.
For our occupational therapists, this might include watching how the do daily tasks such as dressing and getting on and off the toilet; observing how they sit at a table and use their hands for drawing, cutting, threading, turning the pages of a book; assessing their play skills and problem solving skills; and reviewing their behaviour and attention.
Develop goals for therapy and a treatment plan
We will collaborate with you to decide what goals are the most important to your child, to you as their parent/s, and to your whole family, in order to optimise your child’s overall abilities, function and participation. Together with you, we will also come up with a treatment plan that suits your child and family, and works towards positive outcomes for your child.
Initiate therapy or treatment to start working towards your goals