Formal assessment services are offered in each profession included in the Collage Pediatric Therapy team. That is, formal assessments are provided in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and speech-language pathology. Depending on the nature of the concern, a child may be assessed by a member of one or more professions. For example, a child may benefit from an assessment in occupational therapy and speech language pathology if they present with language as well as fine motor difficulties. In situations where the concerns are more global, a psychological assessment is typically warranted.
Assessment protocols vary by profession as well as reason for referral. For example, a speech-language assessment is typically conducted in 1 to 3 50 minute face-to-face sessions with the child. In contrast, a psychological assessment can involve 2 to 4 60 to 90 minute face-to-face sessions with the child. In the case of an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) assessment, the psychologist works in conjunction with one or more professionals on the team to determine whether this particular diagnosis is warranted.
Regardless of the assessment type, a detailed report is provided to parents. The findings and recommendations are reviewed with parents and questions are addressed. Parents are provided with a copy of the assessment report. As well, at the parents’ request only, a copy of the assessment report can be sent to other professionals involved with the child.