All occupational therapy begins with a comprehensive assessment to develop a clear understanding of you, your function, and your needs. Such an assessment will need to take place either in your home or over two visits if you feel we need to attend school or workplace.
Access Therapy wants to have a good grasp on what is working for you and what is not. We can then work on a therapy plan to holistically address your goals to ensure we work together to maximise independence, enhance function and participation through a variety of interventions, uniquely specific to you.
What is an OT Assessment?
Occupational therapists work with people with a disability to maximise participation and independence in activities of daily living.
An OT assessment is a collaborative process between you, your support people (if you want them there), and your occupational therapist.
We are making recommendations to enhance your life and it is essential that we get to know you, your strengths and your individual needs and goals.
Where Does the OT Assessment Take Place?
Your assessment will be conducted at home or where you feel most comfortable and spend the most time. The therapist will organise a time to see you that works for you and those you might like to invite to the assessment.
What Happens in the Assessment?
Our therapists complete a comprehensive assessment that is tailored to your individual needs and goals. We look at your function and participation in activities of daily living so that we can understand how you do the things you need to do and where we can improve your independence and/or safety. Your assessment will involve some time looking at the environment in which you complete your day to day tasks so that any recommendations related to the home environment are appropriate for you and where you live.
Access Therapy has various types of assessments that we usually conduct including:
- Full functional assessment
- Functional capacity assessment
- Sensory processing assessment
- Support needs assessment
Why have an OT Assessment?
It is important that your occupational therapist gains a holistic understanding of your needs and the supports you require. Our functional assessments are thorough, and we often used standardised assessments to provide an objective measure of your function and support needs, especially when required for reporting purposes. Your assessment will inevitably focus on the specific areas of need identified by you and a thorough understanding of you, your life and journey assist us to work with you.
An OT assessment is sometimes for the purpose of providing a report to the NDIS to ensure you are appropriately supported or to provide information related to your needs. For example, you may need more support worker hours or funding in your next plan to trial equipment.
During your first assessment, if further support is required, your occupational therapist will develop an individual plan with you to determine the best way forward.
It is common for clients to feel apprehensive during the first meeting. Still, having the first assessment is a brave and crucial step that any client should undergo. Hence, we encourage our clients to contact us and communicate openly for better evaluation.
If a comprehensive report is required for funding purposes, your occupational therapist will work with you to assess your support needs and provide a report outlining their recommendations.