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September 27, 2021

Occupational Therapy Evaluations

Occupational Therapy Evaluations: Assessing More than Handwriting & Sensory

By: Sarah Evanko, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy is often summarized, by individuals outside of the profession, as handwriting and sensory therapy. However, the scope of an occupational therapist consists of a wide range of skills and areas that can be evaluated. When a parent or a physician refers a child for an occupational therapy evaulation, an occupational therapist will want to look at all the occupations that a child does in a day, and the assess the skills that can impact their performance. So what are those skills, and what can an occupational therapist help your child with?

Daily Occupations

  • Feeding
  • Dressing
  • Bathing and grooming
  • Play
  • Rest and sleep
  • Education
  • Leisure
  • Work
  • Social participation

Motor Skills

  • Gross motor Skills
  • Motor planning
  • Fine motor Skills
  • Visual-motor skills
  • Visual tracking oculomotor

Oral-Motor Skills and Feeding

  • Oral-motor structures
  • Oral movement
  • Oral-motor sensitivity
  • Feeding history

Sensory and Perceptual Skills

  • Visual processing
  • Auditory processing
  • Muscle tone
  • Oral sensitivity
  • Proprioceptive processing
  • Vestibular processing
  • Tactile processing
  • Interoception

Cognitive Skills

  • Attention, arousal level
  • Cause-effect relationship
  • Organization
  • Social-emotional regulation
  • Memory
  • Planning, sequencing, and organization
  • Problem-solving
  • Making and maintaining friendships

The list goes on! This is just a snippet of what an OT can address with your child. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development, our occupational therapy team is here to help.