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What does an occupational therapy dyspraxia assessment look like (children)?

After you have contacted us we will send out an assessment questionnaire. This assessment helps us to understand the main difficulties and can highlight issues we can assess in clinic.

It maybe appropriate to send a questionnaire to the school. This can help us to understand the child’s perform in a different environment. Sometimes the school will notice (or not notice) motor difficulties especially in PE lessons and handwriting practice.

And sometimes we will give a questionnaire to the child, if appropriate. Its very important we hear what the difficulties are and how they are experienced from the child perspective

In clinic we tend to complete a number of standardised assessments. These assessments are games and challenges for the children and we always try and give it as fun and engaging as possible.

The assessment will look at the following areas:

  • Fine motor control

  • In hand manipulation

  • Hand and grip strength

  • Visual-motor integration

  • Bilateral integration

  • Stamina

  • Midline crossing

  • Spatial awareness

  • Ball skills

  • Dressing skills

  • Handwriting

After the assessment we can discuss if the child has any goals they would like to achieve within occupational therapy. Further treatment can be offered including blocks of therapy or tailored advice to home and school.

Each assessment and session is person-centred, meaning we do things in a way that the person wants and which helps them to achieve their goals. We will focus on what is important to you and your child, working alongside you.

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