Evaluations: What to Expect
The evaluation is a collaborative process, that typically takes place within one 60 minute session. The therapist will gather important information from the caregiver as well as from the therapists’ own observation and if applicable will use standardized evaluation tools. It is critical that each family complete and submit the child’s medical history form and a completed patient packet prior to the start of the evaluation so the therapist can determine the best approach for your child’s evaluation session.Schedule A Consultation
Physical therapy addresses a child’s ability to achieve their greatest functional mobility. The goals of physical therapy include promoting independence, increasing participation with family and peers, facilitating motor development and function, improving strength, enhancing learning opportunities, easing caregiving, and promoting health and wellness.
Skill areas addressed in Physical Therapy:
- Muscle and joint function
- Gross motor skills
- Need for assistive technology
Speech therapy addresses the child’s ability to develop the speech and language skills necessary for effective communication. The goal of speech therapy is to allow individuals to participate in quality life experiences, including communicating their wants and needs, seeking information and participating in conversations. It also can be used to address feeding disorders and oral motor deficits.
Skill areas addressed in Speech Therapy:
- Receptive language development
- Expressive language development-including articulation and phonology, voice, fluency, dysarthria, apraxia, vocabulary, grammar and syntax, oral and written language skills, auditory processing deficits
- Social interaction and pragmatic skills
- Cognition, problem solving, reasoning orientation and memory
- Pre-speech & feeding skills, swallowing and motor speech disorders
- Augmentative communication- including various options (ex: Picture Exchange Communication System) through electronic augmentative communication devices (ex: Dynavox or Springboard, IPADs)
- Sign language
- Oral motor – feeding/swallowing, tongue movement and control, breath support
Occupational therapy addresses a child’s performance and ability to participate in activities of everyday life. A child’s occupation is everything they do to “occupy” themselves. Participation in occupation includes play, activities of daily living, education, and social participation. Occupational therapists evaluate underlying performance skills and address how it impacts the child’s ability to function and engage in occupations.
Skill areas addressed in Occupational Therapy:
- Motor development- Range of motion, Muscle strength, Fine motor skills, Grasp and prehension skills, Bilateral and midline skills, Movement transitions, Prewriting/writing skills, Object manipulation, Eye-hand coordination, Oral motor skills
- Sensory processing- Body awareness, Self-control, Motor planning, Vestibular/proprioceptive/tactile/auditory/visual processing
- Cognition- Memory, Task attention, process, and completion, problem-solving, reasoning,
- Self-help skills- Feeding, Toileting, Dressing, Bathing, Grooming
- Visual perception- Visual tracking, Visual closure, Spatial orientation, Visual memory, Form constancy, Visual discrimination
- Social/emotional development- Social skills and community integration, family resources
- Adaptive techniques and compensatory strategies
Telehealth Virtual Services
Teletherapy services involve the OT, PT, and ST providing care virtually over a computer or phone-based application. The caregiver is often an essential part in assisting the child in engagement in these services, and it is an effective tool when in-person services cannot be provided for a variety of reasons (rural locations, compromised immune system of child, COVID-19 precautions, etc).Get Started
Once an evaluation has been completed, your child's services need to be authorized by either your private insurance company or the State of Arizona prior to the start of ongoing service provision. This is only not necessary if you are paying privately for services. Our office will assist you in gaining the authorization as well as a current medical script from the prescribing physician. To begin this process, you must complete the Patient Packet available under the Forms section in the above menu.
We believe that client satisfaction begins with therapist's job satisfaction and therefore, we strive to meet the needs of each therapist individually.Schedule A Consultation