Initial phone assessment to discuss any concerns and a course of further action that will work for you and your family.
There is no obligation to book an appointment following your phone assessment
At the first face to face meeting, Sarah will take a detailed history to gain a holistic view of your child. If you can, bring along one of your child’s favourite toys to help them feel comfortable – Sarah also has a huge array of toys that will interest your child. This will give your child a chance to play with the toys in the room and settle into the new environment, this is an important opportunity for Sarah to observe your child and how they play.
Once settled, Sarah will then assess your child. Depending on the age and ability of your child, this will either be an informal or formal (standardised) assessment. There will be fun elements including games to reward and motivate your child. Sarah will then give you feedback on the assessment, diagnose and make a plan for your child. At this point, Sarah will give her professional opinion and recommendation but ultimately, it’s your decision what you would like to do. Sarah may give advice and review progress in a few months or may recommend some direct individual sessions. A report can be written at your request.
During therapy sessions Sarah will explain the goals and demonstrate the therapy tasks. You will always leave with homework and an understanding of what you’re to do at home. Homework is crucial to your child’s progress. The foundations are laid in the clinic, the transfer of these new skills need to happen within their natural everyday environment. Sarah understands the demands of everyday life, so the homework is realistic and achievable.
Sarah will regularly update you on progress and further goals.
Sarah will liaise with schoolteachers and any other necessary caregivers throughout the block of therapy.