Frequently Asked Questions

How are assessments carried out?

There are many different ways to carry out an assessment of a child’s speech, language and communication needs and occupational therapy needs. Part of the assessment process will involve gathering information from parents, carers and teachers. Depending on presenting concerns, observations and informal play based activities may be part of the assessment process which may be carried out in the home or educational setting. Formal assessments using standardised tests are also used, depending on the age of the child. We will always carry out an assessment in a sensitive manner and do our best to ensure that the process is fun and engaging for the child.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No, you can refer your child directly to The Speech and Occupational Therapy Practice.

Where does the therapy take place?

Therapy sessions take place at our practice, in your home or at your child’s nursery or school depending on the age of the child and presenting concerns.

How many sessions will my child need and how long will they last?

The sessions will depend on your child's individual needs, response to therapy and your commitment. You may be offered a block of therapy sessions followed by a review of your child’s progress at which point next steps will be discussed. A standard therapy session lasts 45 - 60 minutes depending on the age of your child. Most of this time will be spent working directly with your child but may include time to discuss your child’s progress and new activities to work on. Sessions are charged on a pro rata basis.

What is Occupational Therapy in children and young people?

Occupational Therapy enables children and young people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations). Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (getting ready to go out, eating a meal, using the toilet), being productive (going to nursery or school, or volunteering), and leisure (playing with friends or doing hobbies). Children who have sensory needs and weak motor skills may find it difficult to engage in activities described above.

An Occupational Therapist will need to identify and understand a child or young person’s usual occupations to discover what difficulties they face. They will support the child or young person, their family and other relevant people such as teachers, to evaluate challenges and strengths in doing occupations.

The Occupational Therapist may suggest alternative ways of doing things, providing advice on learning new approaches and techniques, or making changes to the environment, for example, through using equipment or adaptations.