- Three and under: Relies on observation (direct play) and parent report. We may talk first while your child gets comfortable, or for other children who are ready to jump in, we may talk at the end. There can also be back and forth conversation with parents throughout the assessment. These assessments are play-based and take place primarily on the floor.
- Three to Five: Combination of play-based and more table-top formal testing. Our therapists are highly attuned to read your child’s cues and will offer breaks throughout the testing. Some children in this age range still need their parent present with them, others do not. We ask that if you are in the room, that you defer to the therapist to take the lead in interacting with you child.
- Five and older: Generally structured as a more formal table-top assessment and can use different tests depending on reported concerns. These formal assessments provide scores and a way to measure abilities in the tested areas and against peers. Your child is given encouragement and short breaks when needed. Our clinicians are skilled at working with a variety of children and have a range of strategies they use to help make the process as successful as possible.
While we aim to share initial impressions on the day of, our goal is to provide you with accurate information and we ask that you understand if we are not able to offer you our analysis on the spot. If this is the case, we will call you in three to four days with our initial impressions.
We pride ourselves on our detailed reports and as a result they take some time to prepare. Most reports are provided two weeks after the assessment was completed. We always offer a time to review the report and answer any questions, either by phone or in-person. If your child requires therapy, options will be discussed with you so that together, you can decide what works best for your child and family.
What should I tell my child before their initial visit?
What you choose to share about your child’s first visit depends on your child’s age and personality. Stick to the facts, keep it short and sweet and then let them ask questions. You can let them know they are going to visit a teacher named X tomorrow. You can even show your child a picture of the therapist (found on our website). The two of you will talk, look at books and pictures and maybe play a game. Depending on your child’s age you can assure them that you will be in the room or that you will be right outside waiting.
Will I be in the room with my child during the initial assessment?
For children under the age three, parent(s) (no more than two and no siblings, please) should be present and in the room for the visit. This holds true for some children between the ages of three and four as well. For ages four and above, we ask that it’s just your child in the room as the presence of a parent in the room during testing can be stressful for both child and parent at this age.