​​ What DOES AN initial evaluation consist of?

  • An evaluation with formal standardized assessments may be beneficial in determining where your child is currently at and what may be impacting their performance, communication, and ability to adapt and learn . Sensory processing issues will have a significant impact on how your child functions and on your child’s ability to learn. By assessing your child with standardized measures, the OT can determine a baseline which will facilitate setting measurable and achievable goals. Standardized assessments to be used will include:

    • Sensory Processing Measure (SPM)

    • Beery Visual Motor Integration Assessment (VMI)

    • Quick Neurological Assessment (QNS)

After the EVALUATION: 

  • The OT will be able to work with the parents as well as teachers, faculty, and other relevant personelle to determine appropriate accommodations and environmental modifications that allow the child to thrive in their environment.  


  • Prior to scheduling an evaluation with an occupational therapist, it is common for teachers and/or parents to notice the child experiencing difficulty in various areas including:

    • Easily distracted

    • Struggles to concentrate 

    • Issues communicating 

    • Struggles to read 

    • Doesn’t complete tasks

    • Hygiene & grooming issues

    • Negative interaction with peers

    • Lack of social engagement 

  • The goal of an occupational therapist assessing the child is to determine how the child’s issues (i.e. Problem areas, areas of challenge) are impacting their ability to function and perform. The term ‘function’ and 'perform' may include your child’s ability to listen, concentrate, communicate, follow rules, perform fine motor tasks, engage in gross motor activities, etc.