Assessments generally take place within the Future Steps clinic, however they are not limited to this. The are many reasons as to why a child or adult maybe assessed within our clinic, for example sensory difficulties such as intolerance to lights, tastes, sounds or touch (including clothing), difficulty accessing education (possibly due to issues with behaviour or handwriting and perceptual difficulties), and inability to calm themselves, or many other factors.
What should I expect from a Future Steps assessment?
Initially, Future Steps urge you to contact our service, either via telephone: 01325 254688, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or through the ‘Contact Us’ page. In this initial contact Future Steps would like to know the concerns of the refer and a brief overview of the child’s problems.
Once this initial contact has been made, Future Steps will decide on the appropriate assessment that is needed and the corresponding questionnaires will be sent out, usually via email. Upon the completion and returning of these questionairres to Future Steps, an assessment date will be made, we aim to have this date organised within two weeks.
On the assessment date, the child or adult will begin their assessment (standardised measures) and those accompanying them are then able to watch the assessment take place on a TV monitor in the waiting room.
Immediately following the assessment, a series of observations take place within the clinic, in order to assist the therapist understanding of difficulties and needs.
The information from the assessment is then scored and brief feedback is given. The therapist then arranges a date in which the referee is invited back to the clinic for a consultation regarding the full occupational therapy report which they will also receive on this date.
Additional Need Schools
Future Steps can assess the sensory/motor needs of children with additional learning difficulties in the school setting. Often children with pronounced difficulties can present with challenging behaviours. Our role is to identify any underlying sensory/motor cause to these, and the child’s difficulties and to provide training, programmes and intervention in the school setting.
The assessment takes place within the educational setting using a range of standardised measures along with Sensory Integration clinical observations and profiles if required. The school can ask for a single assessment or several depending what you require. This can be completed in a short period of time, therefore you are no longer waiting for weeks to see an occupational therapist. Reports are generated quickly specifying the recommendations to assist staff in their management of the child.
Supporting Education Healthcare Plans
An EHC plan can only be issued after a child or young person has gone through the process of EHC needs assessment. This is where we can support in the first instance, as we can complete a full sensory and motor assessment for the child. We will produce a detailed report with findings and recommendations which can be then used to support the completion of the Education Healthcare Plan. Future Steps can use this information to complete sections of the EHCPlan that you need us to. At the end of that process, the local authority then makes their decision, either to issue an EHC Plan or not. Again Future Steps can be there to help support the child and family in a multitude of ways which makes the assessment, recommendations, treatment and support all from one dedicated service, a comprehensive provision with regards to EHC plans.
Sections to cover of EHCP:
Assessment: Future Steps Full Sensory and Motor Assessment
Aspirations: Views and interests of the child/young person and the parents (for a child)
Child or young person’s special educational needs: Future Steps reports, alongside other specialist reports.
Outcomes: Sensory and motor outcomes would be found in Future Steps reports and reviews.
The special educational provision: Future Steps provides recommendations and the delivery of programmes, treatments and reviews for the child or young person.
Any health care provision: Future Steps is able to recommend and deliver treatments, programmes and reviews for the child or young person.
The social care provision: The Future Steps report is able to provide recommendations in this section.
The advice: Advice is given via Future Steps reports, programmes and reviews.