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What is an occupational therapy assessment?

Assessment is an integral part of the therapeutic process, as it provides the key to identifying each child’s unique needs and skills related to participation in “typical” childhood experiences, such as school, peer and family relationships, sports and play. We offer assessments for motor coordination/handwriting skills, gross motor skill development and sensory processing. The assessment’s results and recommendations are documented in comprehensive reports.

How many sessions would my child need?

This will be assess at the first session or at the assessment session. The OT/SLT will determine what areas need to be worked on and then suggest a block of sessions with your child.

How do I know when my child needs to be seen by an occupational therapy?

There are several risk signs that indicate that a child may need an assessment from an occupational therapist. For instance, if your child is experiencing difficulty acquiring age-appropriate fine and/or gross motor skills, playing with other children, and handling transitions, he/she may be experiencing sensory integration difficulties. Experiencing difficulty with handwriting can be another sign. If you are concerned that your child’s behaviours or tendencies may have a sensory or motor basis, contact us at info@realconnections.ie to determine whether an assessment is necessary.

If you already have an OT assessment report and you are looking for therapy interventions, please contact us.

What happen during an occupational therapy session?

Our Ayres® Sensory Integration room, is a sensory-motor gym and offer a variety of rich, therapeutic experiences utilising therapeutic suspended equipment and materials to motivate and engage the child in playing. Therapy programmes are designed to meet the individual needs of each child in order to maximise development and independent performance in daily living skills. With the assessments findings, the therapist and the client’s family, will design an individualised and unique goals settings report to work on the block of therapy sessions. At the end of the block, a progress report with the goals reviewed is provided.

If your child is/has:

  • Lack of age appropriate play skills.
  • Behind in developing skills such as not reaching developmental milestones of sitting, crawling, walking, talking, playing, etc.
  • Awkward grasp or clumsy use of crayons, pencils, scissors, or other tools
  • Struggling with fine motor skills (using zippers, buttons, shoelaces, etc.)
  • Excessive seeking or avoidance of movement or touch.
  • Constantly moving, jumping, crashing, bumping
  • Cannot tolerates tags on clothes, hates having his hair washed/ combed or cut, or having his nails cut.
  • Difficulty with feeding, food aversions or eats a very limited diet.
  • Frequent emotional outbursts or meltdowns in behaviour and inability to calm self when upset.
  • Unable to concentrate and focus at school
  • Poor handwriting, letter/number formation

If he/she is experiencing some of these behaviours and these are negatively impacting in his/her functional life and participation, it is advisable to make an appointment with us at info@realconnections.ie to see a paediatric Occupational Therapist (OT). The OT will explore the underlying difficulties that your child may be experiencing and take actions to promote and ensure your child’s wellbeing.

What age do you work with?

From 0-20 y/o.

Do I need a referral?

You can make the referral yourself and book appointments without the need for a GP referral.

Is Occupational Therapy covered under private Health Insurance?

Yes, occupational therapy is covered under private Health Insurance and some policies giving up to 75% back.