Children’s Therapy Works offers comprehensive evaluations to establish measurable data to support medically and educationally necessary outcomes, establishing a solid baseline from which to build a comprehensive treatment plan. We encourage a battery of evaluations to ensure that your child is assessed holistically.
The Occupational therapists at Children’s Therapy Works specifically evaluate your child’s arousal level, sensory processing, gross and fine motor development, and functional skills. Our evaluations are designed to understand how your child’s strengths and weaknesses are impacting their functional skills in all areas of life.
If there is a specific area of weakness such as poor handwriting or difficulty attending in class, our therapists will look for the “why” . By identifying the underlying problem, we can effectively treat the problem, rather then “band-aid” the problem.
The Physical Therapy evaluations focus on measuring gross motor skills that are critical for efficient movement in the body. Strength, endurance, co ordination, balance working against gravity are key components that help the child maintain an upright , strong posture to do activities such as running, jumping and riding a bike. As part of the team, Physical therapists determine whether any of the above factors are affecting the child’s ability to participate in their daily activities.
Speech Language Pathology
Many times speech therapy is the first referral made because your child may not be eating, speaking or socializing as expected. Our Speech therapy evaluations are very comprehensive: they may focus on oral motor function, expressive and receptive language, pragmatic language and social skills. Speech and language is not just about talking, it is about truly being able to communicate effectively. A comprehensive evaluation is essential in determining where the causal factors are that prevent your child from reaching their potential.
Sensory Integration Praxis Test
The Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) helps us understand why some children have difficulty learning or behaving as we expect. The SIPT does not measure intelligence in the usual sense of the word, but it does focus on important abilities needed to get along in the world. The test assesses certain aspects of sensory processing or perception that are related to language development and academic skills. It also evaluates praxis or the child’s ability to cope with the tangible, physical, two and three dimensional world.
The Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, (SIPT) measures the sensory integration processes that underlie learning and behavior. By looking at how children organize and respond to sensory input, the SIPT helps pinpoint specific organic problems associated with learning disabilities, behavioral difficulties.
The SIPT measures visual, tactile, kinesthetic perception and motor performance. It is composed of 17 subtests.
Norms are provided for each test-based on a national sample of more than 2,000 children between the ages of 4 years and 8 years, 11 months old.
The SIPT is the Gold standard for testing children with potential sensory processing concerns. Therapists participate in extensive training to earn certification in administering the SIPT.
QEEG – Brain Mapping
Children’s Therapy Works also employs an evaluative technique called Quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) which allows us to take a picture of your child’s realtime brainwave activity. QEEG were officially approved by the FDA to diagnosis Attention Deficit Disorder, and are immensely helpful in the determination of the source of your child’s issues no matter what their diagnosis is.
Brain mapping is a tool using the latest mini EEG technology to measure brain wave activity. Probabilities of possible emotional issues are identified by a three level probability light system. A green light indicates the particular emotional dimension was not identified in the client’s brain map (EEG) data, a yellow light indicates a slight probability, and a red light indicates a strong probability that the specific emotional problem is detected from the brain map (EEG) data.
These lights are correlated with a second set of lights, presented alongside the first set, derived from related questions endorsed by clients using a ‘Likertlike’ questionnaire completed on the website. Cognitive issues that are detected from the Brain Map (EEG) data patterns and reported by the client in the Presenting Symptoms questionnaire, are identified with an additional column of lights using the same color coding system to indicate a match between the two.