Your clinic appointment
After introducing themselves to the young person and their parents/carers, the therapist will usually invite the young person to tell them about the everyday activities they find easy and those they find hard by sorting out some picture cards.
Other activities will be chosen according to the age and needs of the young person and might include:
- games/activities such as threading, posting coins and rolling play-dough;
- using a pen/pencil for writing and drawing;
- using tools such as scissors, a ruler, cutlery
- catching/throwing a ball
- balancing, jumping, hopping
- answering questions to find out how the young person responds to noise/light/touch
In some cases, it may have been established during the initial assessment that a parent only talking therapy session is the most appropriate approach. In these instances, the child or young person will not be present for the clinic appointment.
What happens after a clinic appointment?
If the appointment has included a standardised (formal) assessment, for example of the young person’s motor skills, the therapist will call the parents/carers after the appointment to explain what the assessment has shown.
Occasionally the therapist might suggest a school observation to gather further information or a referral to another agency for more advice. If so, this would be discussed and agreed with the parents/carers by telephone.
Once the assessment has been concluded, the therapist will write a report.
The occupational therapy report
The occupational therapy report will include information from the young person, their parent/carer and teachers (if appropriate) about how the young person manages everyday activities at home, at school and in their spare time. It will also describe the occupational therapy assessment process and the results of any formal assessments that were carried out. Most importantly the report will include
individualised recommendations to address the areas of concern at home, at school and in other settings.
Reports are sent to parents/carers, the young person’s GP and other relevant professionals as agreed with parents/carers. Occupational Therapy reports can be used to support a young person’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), although not all children who receive occupational therapy will require an EHCP.
For most young people the report marks the end of their involvement with the occupational therapy service. Parents/carers and professionals are, however, welcome to contact the occupational therapy service by telephone for further information and advice until the young person reaches their 18th birthday.
Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre
Land Lane Clinic
276 Stratford Road