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- Intake: We ask families to complete the online Therapy Enquiry form found on our website. This asks for your contact details, the concerns you have, the types of services you are looking for and the goals you hope to achieve through occupational therapy. Due to the high volume of interest in our services, if we have a suitable service or time that suits your requirements, we will contact you to discuss further. If we don’t have any available appointments, we will register your enquiry and contact you once a spot becomes available. In the meantime, parents are welcome to register for our regular, online ‘Cuppa and Chat’ session which is offered to parents whose children are on our call back list.
- For NDIA-managed and Plan-managed clients: Once you have agreed on an initial appointment time and our office has received all your paperwork (such pervious reports or NDIS plan), our Admin Manager will put together a NDIS Service Agreement to cover the services that you have requested. We can only proceed further if we have your agreement in writing.
- For all other funded clients: OT FOR KIDS asks all clients, including NDIS Self funded, private paying or funded through a Third Party, to enter into an agreement which outlines our fees, our responsibilities and our cancellation policy. This is called Terms of Service Engagement and is important so that all clients know what to expect, what OT FOR KIDS agrees to and parents responsibilities when accessing our services.
- Getting to know you and your child: For new clients, the first appointment is a parent interview without the child present. This can be arranged via Telehealth and the OT’s purpose is to build a picture of your child through your lens as the person who knows them best. At this point, you will discuss with your child’s OT what the next step will be.
- Assessment: Depending upon the referral concerns, you child may participate in a standardised evaluation, typically involving tabletop and gross motor activities, as well as a play-based evaluation. You maybe sent a online questionnaire. Your child’s OT may need to schedule another appointment time to complete the evaluation and speak to others, such as teachers or speech pathologist. We will only speak to other professionals if you have provided consent for us to do so.
- Planning meeting: Your child’s OT will schedule a meeting with you to share and discuss her analysis of the assessment, review intervention options and work with you to set functional goals. At this time, you will discuss recommendations regarding frequency and type of therapy.
- Start therapy: Once service options are chosen and goals are set, you and your child will start sessions with your therapist…whoo hoo!