Services

Assessments

At Tools 4 Life we understand that parents have a gut feeling when something isn’t quite right for their child.

 

It can seem overwhelming trying to find the answers for why your child may be experiencing difficulties, and knowing what you can do to help your child.

At Tools 4 Life we use occupational therapy assessments to identify what specifically is causing children to experience difficulties with participating in their everyday activities (play, socialising, self-care, academic skills).

Once the assessment is completed, we can then collaborate with the family to develop an individualised therapy plan to support their child to overcome these difficulties through:

  • Developing the child’s skills using evidenced-based strategies.

  • Providing parent training on how to implement evidenced-based strategies at home.

  • Adapting the environment to promote the child’s development and independence.

  • Trialling and prescribing assistive technology to enhance the child’s development and independence.

What does an Occupational Therapy assessment involve?

At Tools 4 Life we offer the options of a short or full assessment. Providing both assessment options allows you to choose the best fit for your child’s needs, and reduces costs spent on unnecessary assessments.

 

The assessment chosen will depend on the complexity of your child’s needs, and the level of information required from the assessment. Please see the information below for an overview of the short and full occupational therapy assessments.

 

If you are unsure of which assessment option will be the best fit for your child, please feel welcome to contact us. Our team can assist you in identifying which assessment will best suit your child’s needs.

Short Assessment

A Short Assessment involves:
  • A detailed parent questionnaire covering the areas of play, social skills, self-care skills, academic skills, emotional regulation, sensory processing and motor skills.

  • An in-depth discussion of specific concerns you have regarding your child’s development.

  • Support in developing goals for your child.

  • A one page summary report providing an overview of your child’s strengths, challenges, goals, and recommendations to support your child’s goals.

  • An individualised therapy plan to support your child’s goals.

Full Assessment

A Full Assessment involves:
  • A detailed parent questionnaire covering the areas of play, social skills, self-care skills, academic skills, emotional regulation, sensory processing and motor skills.

  • An in-depth discussion of specific concerns you have regarding your child’s development.

  • A standardised assessment of your child’s functional capabilities in the areas of self-care skills, play skills, social skills, fine and gross motor skills and cognition.

  • A comprehensive report providing information on your child’s strengths and challenges, functional capabilities, support needs, and recommendations to support your child’s development.

  • Support in setting therapy goals.

  • An individualised therapy plan to support your child’s goals.

A Short Assessment may be the best option if:
  • You would like to identify if your child needs further therapy support.

  • You would like information on the areas where your child requires further support.

  • You would like support to set goals for therapy.

  • You would like recommendations to support your child’s skills and development.

  • You would like an individualised therapy plan to support your child’s goals.

A Full Assessment may be the best option if:
  • You require a report for funding eligibility (e.g. a report to support a funding application for the NDIS).

  • You would like information on the developmental areas where your child requires further support.

  • You would like information on your child's functional capabilities.

  • You would like detailed information of what may be causing your child to have difficulty in completing their everyday activities.

  • You would like support to set goals for therapy.

  • You would like recommendations to support your child’s skills and development.

  • You would like an individualised therapy plan to support your child’s goals.

How long is the Occupational Therapy assessment?

Short Assessment -1 hour

During this time the Occupational Therapist will:

  • Complete the parent questionnaire with you.

  • Discuss your goals and priorities for therapy.

  • Complete a brief observation of your child or teenager participating in their everyday activities.

The Occupational Therapist will then complete a one-page summary report. A copy of this report will be provided to you within 2 weeks of the assessment.

Full Assessment -2 hours

During this time the Occupational Therapist will:

  • Complete the functional assessment with your child or teenager.

  • Complete the parent questionnaire with you.

  • Discuss your goals and priorities for therapy.

  • Complete an observation of your child or teenager participating in their everyday activities.

 

A comprehensive report is then completed within 2 weeks of the assessment by the Occupational Therapist

 

The Full Assessment may be split across multiple 1-hour appointments depending on your child’s attention and fatigue levels.

How much does the Occupational Therapy assessment cost?

Short Assessment - $240.00 

This fee includes the 1-hour of face-to-face time spent completing the assessment, and the administration time spent preparing the summary report.

Full Assessment - $480.00 

This fee includes the 2 hours spent completing the assessment, and the administration time spent preparing the comprehensive report.

Is there funding available for the Occupational Therapy assessment?

Funding Schemes

Tools 4 Life are registered providers with:

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

  • Helping Children with Autism Funding (HCWA)

  • Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative (BSI)

If your child is accessing any of the funding schemes above, the funding will fully cover the cost of an occupational therapy assessment.

Medicare 

Your child may be eligible for Medicare rebates for Occupational Therapy services through the Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly known as the Enhanced Primary Care Plan).

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program a G.P. must validate that your child has:

  • A chronic condition; and

  • Complex care needs being managed by a medical practitioner (including a G.P, but not a specialist or consultant physician) under a shared care plan or under both a G.P. management plan and Team Care Arrangements.

 

The Chronic Disease Management Plan does not cover the full cost of an occupational therapy assessment. The program currently provides a rebate of $52.95 for occupational therapy services. Please see the Medicare Benefits Schedule for further information.

Private Health Insurance

Your private health insurance may fund occupational therapy services.

Please contact your private health fund for further information.

How do I book an Occupational Therapy assessment?

You can contact the Tools 4 Life team to schedule an occupational therapy assessment.

Phone: 0429 165 488          Email: admin@tools4lifeot.com

 

You can also fill out our enquiry box here, and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

 

You are also welcome to book in a free 30 minute phone consultation to learn more about Tools 4 Life, and to identify if our service is the right fit for your child.

Contact Us

 

Tools 4 Life Occupational Therapy

 

100 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba

P: 0429 165 488

E: admin@tools4lifeot.com

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