Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy Evaluations
We understand you may be overwhelmed trying to determine if your child is struggling with developmental delays or other other learning challenges. Referring your child to us for a comprehensive therapy evaluation is the first step in receiving the necessary information to make the best decision for your child. The earlier you schedule your child for an evaluation to determine if therapy is recommended, the better, as the most optimal outcomes are achieved through early intervention therapy.
At Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare, we offer comprehensive therapy evaluations to children from birth to 21 years. Our team handles every step of the process from communicating with insurance, coordinating with your physician, scheduling and providing support every step of the way. Our clinicians utilize evidence-based therapy in a child?s natural environment to increase comfort, convenience and overall success. Our experienced physical, speech, occupational behavior and feeding therapists will create a plan to help them reach developmental milestones and reach their full potential. Our mission is to support you and your family so you feel empowered to make the best decision for your child and family.
In an effort to assist you further, we?ve compiled a list of questions our families typically ask concerning therapy evaluations.
What Takes Place During an Occupational Therapy Evaluation?
During an occupational therapy (OT) evaluation, our experienced therapists will assess your child?s gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory processing skills and self-care skills. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles in the upper body, arms and legs to complete whole-body movements like running, jumping and climbing. Children use fine motor skills to make small movements. They involve the coordinated efforts of the brain and muscles, and they?re built on the gross motor skills that allow them to make bigger movements. In addition to sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch, sensory processing skills involve body awareness and balance. Our OTs will focus on a number of routines like getting dressed, writing, holding and controlling a pencil, using scissors, and throwing and catching.
What Takes Place During a
Speech Therapy Evaluation?
Our experienced speech-language pathologists (SLPs) will utilize games, toys and other objects to encourage your child to speak. They will evaluate the child?s voice quality and rate of speech, as well as their receptive language skills (ability to comprehend language) and expressive language skills. Our SLP will also pay close attention to the child?s articulation, which is when they omit certain sounds from words. In addition, some of our SLPs specialize in feeding and swallowing therapy in your home. All children must learn the process of eating and swallowing. Most children learn eventually; however, a child with a disorder will continue having trouble with the process or will display extreme ?pickiness.? Medical or physical conditions may be the cause or even complicate the disorder. Our feeding specialist will determine what?s best for your child and will work with you on an individualized treatment plan.
What Takes Place During a
Physical Therapy Evaluation?
Physical therapy (PT) helps families with their child?s development and ability to participate in age-appropriate activities with families and friends. During a PT evaluation, our clinicians will assess your child?s ability to crawl, sit, improve balance, and explore and play with toys of various sizes, shapes and weights. The PT will use these assessments that measure your child against what is typical for peers of the same age and will determine what you can expect your child to achieve through physical therapy. After the PT has had a chance to observe your child, you will work together to come up with an individualized treatment plan for your child. It?s typical to reassess a child?s abilities and review progress every few months, but it?s important to remember that you and your child?s PT are on the same page about your child?s goals and how to reach them. Schedule a PT evaluation
How Long Does
an Evaluation Last?
The first session will take an hour to an hour and a half. During the evaluation, you and your child?s clinician will determine what works best for you and your family going forward. If ongoing therapy services are determined to be clinically appropriate, the clinician will devise an individualized plan of care for your child. However, if therapy services are not needed at this time, the clinician will provide resources or activities for you to do at home to address the deficit or areas of concern. Your experienced Solace clinician will answer any questions you may have at the initial evaluation and will provide the appropriate information you need to make the best decision for you and your child.
Do I Need to
Attend the Evaluation?
Parent/caregiver involvement at the initial evaluation is encouraged. If you are unable to attend the evaluation, a caregiver over the age of 18 must be present.
How Much Does
an Evaluation Cost?
A comprehensive evaluation is created to be accessible to all children by providing at no cost for Medicaid recipients and under $150 for private pay.
Why Choose Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare?
Solace Pediatric Home Healthcare is the leading provider of pediatric occupational, physical, speech, behavior and feeding therapy services in the state of Colorado delivered in the home in-person or through a seamless interactive virtual experience. Our 400+ clinicians have provided therapy to 4,000+ children from birth to 21 years. Since 2005, we have provided over one million visits. In-home early intervention therapy care uses evidence-based techniques tailored to meet your child?s needs with a child-friendly focus. By providing one-on-one individual care in your child?s natural environment, we assist in establishing a strong foundation for future learning to give your child the ability to reach their best life.
Children reach milestones in the how they learn to act, move, play, learn, speak, and eat. Development varies from child to child, but there are guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These broad guidelines can be helpful in determining where your child is at in their development so you can discuss any concerns with us. Learning more about these milestones will help you determine whether or not an evaluation with Solace may be appropriate for your little one.
Types of Therapy
Solace offers the following types and more, depending on your child’s needs. These include in-home occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and feeding therapy. Each of these types of therapy serves a different purpose in helping your child’s development progress.
Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on providing care and treatment for children with developmental delays to excel in school and social situations, regain skills lost through injury, and reach their full potential. We work to help children achieve independence in all of life’s functions.
Speech & Feeding Therapy
Our licensed Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) work with your child to help them develop the skills they need in verbal and non-verbal communication, swallowing, feeding, AAC, early intervention, and more. Early intervention is key to helping your child’s development as they reach their full potential.
In addition to in-home pediatric therapy, we offer teletherapy visits for families throughout Colorado with our occupational and physical therapists, and SLP’s. There are many benefits to teletherapy. Weather, schedules, and illness can cause interruptions, but with teletherapy, your child can continue with their treatment.