Our Whole-Person Approach
Getting Started With Therapy OPS
Intake Calls and Screenings
At Therapy OPS we begin our new client process with an intake call. The purpose of this call is to gather information about the medical and developmental history, current problems or concerns, recent tests or procedures related to you and/or your child’s health, etc. We will also be able to answer your questions about the services we offer if we recommend an evaluation, and what therapy will look like.
During the intake call, we may also offer an informal developmental screening. A developmental screening is designed to identify potential problems and do not establish a diagnosis of any particular disorder. A screening will allow the Therapy OPS team to determine if an evaluation is recommended to further assess your child's skills.
Intake calls and developmental screenings are always free and allow us to get to know you while you get to know us!
Your first appointment, known as your initial evaluation, is a crucial part of your treatment process. Your speech, physical, or occupational therapist will use this appointment to get to know you and/or your child through conversation, standardized assessments, observation, and client-therapist interaction. During this appointment our team will develop a comprehensive picture of current abilities and challenges.
When you come in for your evaluation appointment, our staff will collect a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID, a copy of the prescription given to you by your Doctor (if not received prior to your appointment), and your completed copy of the intake forms.
A typical evaluation appointment is between 45-90 minutes. Parents are asked to accompany children to the evaluation appointments.
Results and Planning
Once the speech, occupational, or physical evaluation is complete, your therapist will share the results and work with you to create a treatment plan. Treatment plans are designed with the client to fit your lifestyle and help you achieve your goals. This plan will consist of recommendations for how often you should come in for therapy and how long you can anticipate needing therapy. Your therapist will also work with you to establish your short- and long-term therapy goals. If a home program is recommended it will also be included in your therapy plan.
Therapy OPS typically shares our treatment plans and recommendations with your primary care physician and any other professionals on your team that is involved with you or your child's care (teachers, school therapists, neurologists, ENTs, etc).
Once your speech, occupational, or physical therapy begins, we will be working towards your short- and long-term goals. The goal of therapy is to address any challenges or areas of weakness that were identified during the evaluation. Each therapy session will be structured around one or more of your goals and will typically include learning new skills, practicing those skills, and coaching on how to practice at home between sessions. What you work on will vary from session to session to keep clients motivated. Your therapist will also take data to track your progress and adjust your goals whenever necessary.
Occupational and physical therapy sessions generally last 45 minutes. Speech therapy sessions last 30 minutes. During the session, parents and caregivers will be asked to join in depending on the goals targeted and/or your child’s temperament. If your presence is not required, you are free to wait in the lobby or parking lot. Please be respectful of your therapist’s time and be sure to return before the session is completed. After each session, your therapist will offer a quick overview of the activities completed and any home programming that can expedite progress.