Occupational and Speech Therapy
for Infants and Children


What to Expect | Plan for a Session

Starting Occupational Therapy

Parents are encouraged to call for a telephone consultation with an Occupational Therapist at Plano Therapeutic Services if they have questions about their child’s development.  Based on this initial information, the therapist can help the parent to determine whether an evaluation or screening is indicated.

The first step in the evaluation process is to conduct a telephone intake interview with the child's parents. This interview covers the problems that the child is having that prompted the referral, the child's developmental history, and the child's sensory and motor history. The parents also complete a written developmental and sensory intake form.

Following this intake, an evaluation plan is developed for the child. Depending on the child's age and abilities, the evaluation will include standardized assessments and clinical observations of motor skills, sensory processing abilities, functional skills, and self care skills. Each Occupational Therapist at Plano Therapeutic Services is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), and has extensive training and experience in evaluating children of all ages for sensory processing disorders and developmental delay.  We evaluate and treat children primarily from birth to age twelve.

Following the evaluation of developmental and sensory motor skills, specific occupational therapy goals are developed for each child. The primary goal is always to maximize the child's functional skills and independence. This may be achieved through activities to improve postural and balance skills, decreasing sensory defensiveness, improving processing of sensory input, expanding fine and gross motor skills, increasing independence in self-care (feeding, dressing, etc.) and providing consultation to parents, caregivers, teachers, or other therapists.

Starting OT

A conference is held with the child's parents to discuss the evaluation results and outline the goals for therapy. The therapist also provides the parents with information and resources about sensory integration and sensory processing disorders, and discusses the impact that the child's sensory and motor problems may have on all areas of his or her life, including self care, play and recreation, school, social interactions, and language development. Where indicated, consultation is provided to the child’s teachers, caregivers, and other therapists.