Contact Ms. Caitlin to schedule a free consultation to see if your concerns are best addressed by an OT or if another provider may be best such as a Speech & Language Pathologist or Physical Therapist.
Our best advice is if you have a concern, reach out! Don't let time pass without having your concerns fully addressed by your pediatrician or other health care provider who specializes in your area of concern.
NO! We wish we could do a PSA on this! The point of an OT evaluation is to EVALUATE and address parent concerns.
An evaluation can help answer your questions, calm your fears, educate you on ways to help your child, and if indicated- provide services.
A good OT will evaluate your child, complete a formal evaluation, review the results of the evaluation with you, and then let you know if OT services are indicated or not indicated.
If OT is indicated, the OT will provide you with a plan of care recommendation with frequency and duration as well as goals to be addressed during the plan of care.
If OT is not indicated, the OT will provide you with advice on how to help your child in the areas that you reported concern with at the initial evaluation. Sometimes a child may seem to be struggling with a task based on teacher report, preschool report, or by what a parent is seeing yet it might be developmentally appropriate and not reason for treatment.
We are firm believers in using a combination of activities, therapy services (OT, PT, SLP) as needed, and parent engagement to help a child reach his or her full potential.
The time required to master goals is individualized and based on the child's needs related to their current stage in life and what is important to them and their family.
After working with many families, we understand that with some diagnoses comes the need for multiple therapy services, multiple times a week.
It's important to us that parents feel empowered to cut back on on therapy service to make time for another area, to try a new sport or extracurricular activity, or make more time for family. We fully encourage families to be honest with their healthcare providers to find a plan of care, schedule, and plan that works best for them!
The recommendation of frequency and duration for a child might be (EX: 2 times per week for 60 minutes for 6 months). This is the recommendation of the therapist for best results based on the evaluation. It is not mandatory to follow. We would rather work out a plan with you that works for you rather than the child not receive needed services.
Be honest with your therapy provider and make a plan that works for you, your child, and your family. That might mean that you say "Could we try 1x/week for 60 minutes?
We are currently mobile meaning that we travel to your child! This means we are able to provide services in virtually any setting!
No, not in Florida.
In Florida, an OT evaluation can be completed and OT services can be provided without a referral from the pediatrician or medical doctor.
However, a referral for OT services from the child's pediatrician is best practice. It is important to us that your child's main healthcare provider is aware of the services he or she is receiving.
With that said, some insurance companies may want a doctor's referral. It is best to call your insurance company and determine what their requirements are for submitting superbills/request for reimbursement.
"OT to evaluate and treat." The doctor should also provide an ICD-10 code on the referral that lists what they believe is the appropriate and relevant medical diagnosis.
*Note: the OT referral and what it says is at the discretion and expertise of the physician, not the OT. This is simply an example.