What does an Individual Occupational Therapy Assessment involve?

Following initial discussion by phone, if it is decided that an assessment is required, an appointment is made.

Individual assessments take place in a designated assessment room in a private house in Terenure Dublin. They are usually carried out in the morning when the candidate is at their most alert and last for approximately three hours, e.g. 10am-1pm.

In an assessment I would observe the individual in a range of situations, carrying out a variety of carefully selected tasks. These tasks will be in the areas of Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Literacy and Numeracy, Sensory Processing, Language, Concentration, Organisation and Social Skills. This wide range of tasks enables me to identify the strengths and needs of the individual.

A range of standardised assessments, recognised tests and clinical observations form the basis of the assessment.

Following the assessment, scores are interpreted, observations analysed and conclusions reached. Specific diagnosis may be made at this stage. These findings are then presented along with recommendations and appropriate referrals, in a detailed professional report. This report is recognised by the Department of Education and Skills


"Monica helped my daughter immensely from her initial assessment in Junior Cert to her final assessment in Leaving cert. It was Monica's clear understanding and astuteness that enabled her to make a correct diagnosis of Dyspraxia for my daughter. Her compassion, patience and kindness as well as her hard work are to be applauded. We are indebted to Monica for everything she did for my daughter and the interest she showed in her."

D.C. mother of Secondary School pupil

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