OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT)

ASSESSMENT

 

Our Objective

Our aim is to provide excellence in the assessment of children’s motor development and provision of high quality specialist reports. Our dedicated clinic is led by Adriana Gagliardi, an experienced Occupational Therapist and Exercise Physiologist, who specializes in the assessment of motor and physical function. 

 

When and why to consider a Motor Development assessment?

​If there are concerns regarding your child’s motor development, they will benefit from an assessment of their motor skills. Concerns about motor skills can be raised by the child’s parents, treating medical specialist, GP, psychologist or carer. From this, we will discuss the assessment findings, and develop a plan to help and assist the development of motor skills. 

 

Tests Used

​Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition (BOT™-2)

The BOT-2 is the most widely used motor proficiency test and most comprehensive measure of gross and fine motor skills for children, teenagers and young adults 4-21 years of age. Occupational Therapists and other professionals use the BOT-2 to help:

Assess the motor proficiency of all children, ranging from those who are typically developing to those with mild to moderate motor control problems

Support the diagnosis of motor impairments

Screen individuals who may have certain deficits in motor ability and who might benefit from further evaluation or interventions

Develop and evaluate motor training programs

Using the BOT-2 we are able to assess specific areas of motor development including

Fine Motor Precision

Fine Motor Integration

Manual Dexterity

Bilateral Coordination

Balance

Running Speed and Agility

Upper-Limb Coordination)

Strength

 

Assessment Process

The parents of children who undergoing assessment are advised to provide any previous assessment reports the child may have had. It is also important to advise the clinician of the reasons for seeking an assessment (i.e. suspected developmental problems), so that the assessment and the comprehensive report can be tailored to the individual needs.

A time will then be set to administer the test, which takes on average 60 minutes in duration. Depending on specific needs the assessment may take longer or may have to be conducted over 2 sessions in event of fatigue or concentration barriers. The assessment itself is generally enjoyable, especially for children who like the variety and appeal of the test items. After the assessment, a comprehensive written report is provided outlining findings and recommendations based on the assessment. 

 

Referrals

Anyone can self-refer by contacting the clinic. Alternatively, referrals obtained from practitioners may attract Medicare rebates. The OT Assessment Clinic is in the process of undergoing registration with NDIS, which will become available in the near future.

For more information, please email admin@thepsynapse.com.au