Complete the pre-assessment form. If you are completing the PDF version of the pre-assessment form, please email it to us email@example.com or return it to our office prior to your first appointment. Where possible, please include any previous medical documents or evaluation/therapy reports. This information enables us to familiarize ourselves with the issues at hand and assists us in assigning the specialists that would be most suitable for you or your child’s needs.
You should expect to receive a call or email from us informing you of the next step, which usually involves scheduling an assessment or evaluation with a specialist. The length of the assessment will depend on the type of services required.
For Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy assessments, the first appointment will usually involve an interview with the client or client’s family to clarify information already provided and to obtain more comprehensive background information. This interview is part of the assessment process as the information provided will help the specialist determine the diagnosis or therapy needs more accurately. The assessment also provides the specialist with baseline information from which progress can later be measured. The specialist will then engage directly with the client through informal and formal (standardized) testing tools. If the client is a child, testing may be conducted in the form of a play assessment and/or through observations of the child’s interaction with his/her parents. The assessment should take anywhere between 1-3 hours in total. As our appointments are usually only available in hourly blocks, you may be required to return at a separate time to complete the assessment; however, we endeavour to complete as much of the assessment as possible within the same session. A comprehensive report will be provided to document the assessment findings within 21 days of the assessment.
A psychological assessment, on the other hand, will take a longer time and vary in length depending on the nature of the investigation. A standard assessment takes up to 3-4 hours. It will include observation, standardized testing, parent and teacher interview, and when appropriate, classroom observation. The psychologist will discuss each component with parent at an initial meeting prior to scheduling the assessment. A formal written report will be provided within two weeks from the date of the assessment.
Depending on the specialists’ recommendations, further investigations by other specialists (within or outside Oasis Place) or therapy may be required. Our therapy slots are typically scheduled at least weekly during regular time slots to ensure continuity and consistency.