Assessment is a key component of therapy because it helps to set the benchmark. When the parents are able to see how the children are doing in a lesson, they are able to determine the areas of concern. Assessment can also help motivate students. If students know they are doing poorly, they may begin to work harder.
1. Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening involves testing children between the ages of 2 and 7 in foundational and developmental areas including vision, coordination, speech, cognitive development, and social and emotional skills. The screening's purpose is to identify health, developmental and/or other factors that may interfere with a child's learning, growth and development. There are a lot of problems that could go undetected. We're seeing an increase in the number of possible problems. Hearing and vision is a common problem that could be overlooked." If potential problems are detected in any of the screened-for areas, the child then has the opportunity to receive specialized help before entering primary school. The following areas are targeted during screening:
communication: understanding and following simple instructions
Fine motor : handwriting / cutting / stringing
Gross motor: balance /coordination
Visual perceptual skills: discrimination
Attention and processing speed
This Early Childhood Screening enables our therapists to gain an insight of your child. Beside that, parents will also gain in-depth information about assessment and therapy services, have an opportunity to ask the therapist questions and tour our centre.
Parents have the option to book an assessment or commence therapy (if their child has been assessed previously in the last 6- 12 months elsewhere, please bring along the report or referral letter)
We conduct various occupational therapy and speech therapy assessment services. Depending on the child’s age and ability, a full assessment usually involves a combination of standardised assessments, clinical observations and feedback of the child’s performance both at home and school. A formal report is applicable for special assistance in school such as extra time during exam or exemption from certain subjects.
Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition
Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration
Developmental Test of Visual Perception
Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (5th Edition)
3. The Post Assessment Feedback Session
In the post assessment feedback session, the therapist will explain the comprehensive assessment report. This includes:
The child’s identified strengths and weaknesses
Therapy reports are useful for schools and providing information for other professionals working with the child. The feedback session provides an invaluable opportunity for parents to discuss the findings and ask questions to understand further the challenges their child may be experiencing.
This assessment is crucial and ensure that our approach is specifically catered to your child’s needs, including targeted intervention goals in partnership with parent input.