We know that seeking out the right kind of evaluation can be confusing at first. Starting with your first phone call, or email, we are here to help. Our friendly administrative staff is skilled at answering common questions in order to help guide you towards the most appropriate evaluation for your child. Once scheduled, you will receive all necessary paperwork and your evaluating therapist will give you a call before your first appointment. This allows us to understand your concerns and to know a little bit about your child beforehand, facilitating a smooth, stress free evaluation process.
Your child’s evaluation is aimed at understanding your child's developmental and foundational needs and patterns. You know your child better than anyone, so the information you provide us with is very important. In addition, reports from teachers and previous professionals may also be helpful in establishing these patterns. We follow all HIPAA guidelines (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and will not discuss anything with anyone you do not give us permission to. If you would like for us to speak with someone in order to obtain more information we will ask for a signature to request this.
When you and your child come to the initial evaluation, you will be greeted by one of our friendly and personable front office administrators in a colorful, welcoming waiting room. Depending on the age of your child and what tests are required, your Occupational or Physical therapist may ask you to come into the evaluation area with them, observe through a one way window or wait in our waiting room during the evaluation process. We find that most children age two and older, will actually do much better when they are working with the therapist one: one. This allows us to observe your child independently from you so that we can give you an accurate assessment based on standardized means.
We are used to children who have difficulty separating. All IPT therapists are exceptionally skilled at motivating young children and aim to have the initial evaluation process as stress free as possible for everyone. Even the most vocal of children tend to settle quickly into the environment given the chance. Most have the hardest time leaving at the end.
For a full sensory motor evaluation, plan on your child working with her therapist for at least one and a half to two hours during the initial testing. The time spent will depend on your child’s age, endurance and situation. Sensory motor testing is typically fun and engaging, consisting of various age appropriate motor activities (ball skills, balancing skills, visual motor activities, stacking blocks & stringing beads, imitating body positions etc.) We will also be observing your child in a unstructured gym environment where we can observe play preferences and how he uses his body to explore novel equipment (various hanging swings, climbing walls, slides, tunnels, crash mats, ball pits and more.)
If your child received a full sensory motor evaluation, we will schedule you to come back for an hour-long parent conference with the evaluating therapist. Your therapist will have scored all of the objective tests and prepared a full written report for you. This report is typically between 10-12 pages in length and includes all results, observations, assessment and recommendation. To allow for time to complete this report, conferences are typically scheduled 1-2 weeks after the initial evaluation. If you need results sooner than this be sure to let us know.
If the evaluation indicates that therapy would be beneficial for your child we can start as soon as we obtain a doctor's order. Physical and Occupational therapy is considered a medical treatment and requires a doctor's order in the State of Texas. In many cases insurance will reimburse for treatment when the medical need is documented in the evaluation. We will fax a treatment request to your pediatrician or referring physician, which your doctor will sign and fax back for our records. Once the evaluation is completed we will send it to the referring physician.