From Therapy OPS
Therapy OPS is committed to fulfilling your needs regarding all types diversity in order to best serve your child and family: ability, culture, race, language, income, and experiences. If there is something we can do to make your experience better, please feel open to suggest it. In fact, don't be surprised if your therapist or an employee asks how we can better incorporate your culture into the clinic and/or therapy session.
From your initial evaluation
Your first appointment, known as your initial evaluation, is a crucial part of your treatment. Your therapist will use this appointment to get to you know your child, their needs, and your goals for treatment.
When you arrive in our clinic, our front desk staff will work with you complete and collect the information we need from you prior to the evaluation. We ask that you arrive 10 minutes early to complete the following:
Get a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID
Collect a copy of the prescription given to you by your Doctor (if not received prior to your appointment)
Collect any additional paperwork and signatures
The information given to the front desk upon arrival provides your therapist with the ground work needed to start your child's treatment plan. When meeting with the therapist, they may:
Ask you questions about medical history, current problems/complaints and how they are impacting daily activities and functional limitations
Discuss with you any medications, tests or procedures related to your child's health that may be pertinent to their care
Perform an evaluation that may include standardized assessments, observation, and parent questionnaires.
Once the assessments are completed, the therapist will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle, meets your needs and treats the problems described. This plan will consist of how frequently you need to come in for further appointments, how long you can anticipate needing therapy, establishing a home program, and establishing short and long-term goals. This plan will be shared with and completed in conjunction with input from your referring Doctor. Depending on the type of evaluation, it could last anywhere from 45-90 minutes, with the exception of articulation evaluations (30 minutes).
From ongoing therapy sessions
Occupational and Physical Therapy sessions generally last 55 minutes, where speech sessions last 25 minutes. During the session, you may be asked to join in depending on the goals targeted and/or your child's temperament. If your presence is not required, you are free to wait in the lobby or run errands. Please be respectful of your therapist's time and be sure to return before the session is completed. After each session, your therapist will offer a quick overview of the activities completed and any home programming that can expedite progress.