How many sessions will my child need?

How many sessions a child will require for therapy is completely different on a case by case basis. There will be goals (identified by the parents, children and therapists) set initially at the beginning of the therapy sessions to identify what needs to be worked on and how this will be done. These goals will be monitored, reviewed and worked on throughout the sessions and changed to become more or less complex if needed. How a child progresses is completely dependent on their response to therapy and participation is sessions while also carrying out this work at home or in school.

 

 

What type of assessments do you provide?

  1. Autism Diagnostic Assessment.

Time: 4 hours

Assessments Used:

  • General Development Assessment (1 hour – conducted by a developmental paediatrician)
  • Autism Diagnostic Interview (1 hour– conducted by a developmental paediatrician)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observations Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) (1 hour- conducted by 2 therapists)
  • Parent Feedback (1 hour – conducted by the developmental paediatrician.

Following assessment, there is a comprehensive report written up detailing the results of the assessments.

Conducted by:  Paediatrician and ADOS trained therapists.

 

This assessment can take up to 4 hours and includes the following:

  • General Development Assessment (1 hour – conducted by a developmental paediatrician)
  • Autism Diagnostic Interview (1 hour– conducted by a developmental paediatrician)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observations Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) (1 hour- conducted by 2 therapists)
  • Parent Feedback (1 hour – conducted by the developmental paediatrician.
  • Following assessment, there is a comprehensive report written up detailing the results of the assessments.

 

  1. Dyslexia Assessment.

Time: 3 hours

Conducted by: Educational Psychologist

 

This assessment takes approximately up to 3 hours including a break and is conducted by an educational psychologist.

 

  1. Educational Psychologist Assessment.

Time: 3 hours (including a break)

Conducted by:  Educational Psychologist

 

This takes up to 3 hours including a break.

 

  1. General Developmental Assessment.

Time: 1 hour

Assessments Used:

  • General Developmental Assessment forms

Conducted by:  Paediatrician and Occupational Therapist

 

  1. Dyspraxia Assessment.

Time: 90 minutes

Assessments Used:

  • Movement ABC
  • Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH)
  • Beery VMI
  • Informal Assessment and Observations
  • General Developmental Assessment

Conducted by:  Paediatrician and Occupational Therapist

Please note that the standardised assessments used for the occupational therapy assessment will be dependent on the age of the child and the type of referral provided by parents/ teachers etc.

 

 

  1. ADHD Assessment.

Time: 90 minutes

Assessments used:

  • General Developmental Assessment with additional standardised forms

Conducted by: Paediatrician

 

  1. Speech and Language Therapy Assessment – (looks at listening and focus, following instructions, receptive and expressive language, auditory processing, understanding of words/what people are saying, conversations, social skills/interaction with peers/playing with peers, taking turns, speech sounds/difficult to understand, stuttering/stammering, getting stuck for words, takes time to think of what they want, difficulty with rhyming/sound awareness/literacy related).

 

Time: 1.5 hours

 

Assessments used:

  • Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF-4)
  • Renfrew Action Picture Test (RAPT)
  • ACE (6-11)
  • CLEAR Phonology Screen Assessment
  • Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology (DEAP)
  • Informal Assessment and Observation

 

Conducted by: Speech and Language Therapist

 

Please note that the standardised assessments used will be dependent on the age of the child and the type of referral provided by parents/ teachers etc.

 

  1. Occupational Therapy Assessment – (looks at gross and fine motor skills, sensory processing, attention and focus, coordination, independent living skills such as dressing, handwriting, postural control and movement)

 

Time: 2 hours

 

Assessments Used:

  • Movement ABC
  • Beery VMI
  • DASH
  • Sensory Profile Questionnaire (this is a parent questionnaire)
  • Robert Hedderly Sentence Completion Test
  • Informal Assessment and Observation

Conducted by: Occupational Therapist

Please note that the standardised assessments used will be dependent on the age of the child and the type of referral provided by parents/ teachers etc.

 

  1. Feeding Assessment.

Time: 1 hour

Conducted by: Speech and Language Therapist or Occupational Therapist or both.

 

  1. Educational and Healthcare Plan Purpose Assessments

Time: Varies depending on the referral

 

Assessments Used:

  • Dependent on the type of referral
  • Please see previous examples of standardised and on-standardised assessments in the Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy assessment information above.

 

Conducted by: Speech and Language Therapist or Occupational Therapist

 

  • Legal Assessments

Time:  Varies on availability and on a case by case basis.

 

Assessment Includes:

  • Classroom observation
  • Direct Assessment
  • Parent Consultation
  • Extensive Report

 

Conducted by: Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist