It’s not uncommon for parents who’s child is referred to see a pediatric occupational therapist to be uncertain about the process.
To help you better understand what to expect at your first appointment, you’ll be asked several questions about your child’s medical history and personal traits. The 18 questions that follow, are typical of what you are likely to be asked.
Knowing the answers to these questions before their child's first appointment will help the pediatric occupational therapist considerably in the evaluation process and treatment plan.
- Why are you asking for (occupational therapy) help?
- How does your child typically perform the skill, activity or area of concern you want help with?
- What is your expected performance for this skill, activity or area of concern at home, at school or elsewhere?
- In the past has your child ever been successful in the skill, activity or area of concern you want help with?
- If so, why do you think your child was successful at that time? If not, what do you think are your child’s current barriers to success?
- How long has this skill, activity or area of concern been a problem for your child?
- What types of strategies or other health care services have you tried to help improve your child’s skills, activity abilities or area or concern? Did they help?
- Are there other areas of your child’s life at which you feel your child is successful?
- Are there other areas of your child’s life that are causing problems?
- Overall, what would you say would be a successful outcome for (occupational therapy) help?
- Be ready to describe your child's typical day, including night-time routines.
- Is there a problem behavior? If so, what strategies do you use to help your child with their behavior when a problem is encountered?
- What other therapies does your child attend? What are the focus of those therapies?
- What community services does your child receive? Be ready to tell your therapist about your child’s activities and supports in the community.
- What educational services does your child receive? Be ready to tell your therapist about your child’s school and school day.
- What medical services does your child receive? Be ready to tell your therapist about your child’s health and health history.
- Who are the significant people your child interacts with at home? At school? At church? In the neighborhood? In the community?
- What types of support do you have (immediate family, relatives, friends, babysitters, formal and information caregivers, church)? Do you feel that support is adequate for you?
Answering these questions prior to your child’s first pediatric occupational therapy appointment will be a great help for you, the therapist and your child.
Have a question or need clarification on any of the questions above? Call Total Ability today at 506-847-0677 or toll-free 1-877-784-5353 (in New Brunswick). We'll be happy to assist and provide you with all the information you need.