Assessment and Treatment Procedures
Initial Consultation: Prior to the consultation the parent will be provided with a Child Development Questionnaire which will supply the therapist with comprehensive information regarding the child’s medical and developmental history. During the Initial Consultation the parents discuss their child’s needs and areas of concern as well as supply the therapist with any additional relevant information. This enables the therapist to verify possible contributing aspects for the child’s difficulties and explore the available options, in collaboration with the parents, to determine which assessments and procedures are necessary.
Assessment(s): Once the case history has been reviewed, standardized assessments will be conducted along with observations and possible checklist(s) related to the area being assessed. The assessments are conducted in one or two sessions of one hour each, according to the child’s needs and areas of concern. Should additional testing be indicated, it will be discussed with the parents. The purpose for conducting standardized assessments is to establish the child’s performance in relation to his age-related peer group, whether and to which extent a disorder or delay is present, the strengths of the child as well as to determine a baseline performance level to measure and monitor progress. Once the assessment is completed, the therapist interprets and records the findings in a comprehensive written report, including specific recommendations, further referrals and whether therapy is indicated. The report is presented and the findings and recommendations are discussed with the parents during the feedback meeting.
Therapy commences: The therapist develops an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) stating the goals, objectives and procedures, based on the assessment results. Recommendations for the home environment will be included in the Individual Treatment Plan. The therapy will be provided in individual or small group settings, depending on the child’s needs and goals. The child’s progress will be monitored constantly and documented in a progress report after three or six months. The progress of the child is reviewed with the parents and further recommendations will be implemented.
Transition and Discharge planning: Once the child has achieved the treatment goals, as determined through appropriate assessments, or the family moves to another program or chooses to discontinue services the therapist prepares the discharge plan in partnership with the caregivers of the child. The plan should specify whether ongoing monitoring, support in the community or a referral to other services are indicated as well as how it will be implemented. The plan is developed to assist the child to ensure maintenance and/or continuous improvement to enable the child to become as independent as possible. Families are provided with relevant, accurate information to support and promote their child’s growth, development, and functioning.