Physical Therapy Assessment
Your child has been referred for a physical therapy assessment. The assessment will be completed by a physical therapist (PT for short). Physical therapists have graduated from accredited physical therapy programs and hold either a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in PT.
In general, physical therapists are concerned with a child’s ability to participate in movement activities such as crawling, walking, running, playing games and participating in sports. PT’s use a variety of fun and therapeutic methods to engage children in activities that will improve strength, endurance, coordination, balance, flexibility, posture, body awareness and gait.
Occupational Therapy Assessment
Your child has been referred for an occupational therapy assessment. The assessment will be completed by an occupational therapist (OT for short). Occupational therapists have graduated from accredited occupational therapy programs and hold either a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in OT.
In general, occupational therapists are interested in understanding your child’s ability to participate in the activities that are important to you and your family. These include what we refer to as Activities of Daily Living, or ADL’s. ADL’s are things like being able to brush teeth, comb hair, bathe, get dressed or undressed, and eat and sleep appropriately. Occupational therapists, as well as our speech pathologists, also evaluate and treat feeding difficulties.
Speech Therapy Assessment:
Your child has been referred for a speech-language evaluation. The evaluation will be completed by certified speech-language pathologist (SLP for short). Speech-language pathologists have graduated from an accredited program, hold a master’s degree and a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) from ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association).
In general, speech-language pathologists are interested in how your child communicates with you, their teachers and their peers and how well they understand and process information they hear. Although people often think of speech and language as the same thing, they have very different meanings. Speech refers to the verbal means of communicating and language refers to the way we express messages and the way we understand messages from others.