The integrated Home Plan is a service for families who cannot access regular intervention, or who want to understand how to start working with their child at home.
In this service, both Occupational Therapists and Developmental Psychologists meet with the family to understand their context and the child’s needs, strengths and concerns.
Based on this, the therapists help families chart out the journey ahead. This could include recommendation for intervention and information about what intervention would focus on. They also provide home based strategies to enable and empower parents and caregivers to work with their child at home.
Developmental Therapy Intake
In this, Developmental Psychologists assess the functional level of the child, focussing on the foundational skills of Joint Attention and awareness; language and communication; social emotional skills; range of play and flexibility; biorhythms and Independence in daily activities. Based on the clinical observations they propose an intervention plan ahead for the family, which also includes a written home plan that consists of strategies and activities to work on the concerns. This is not a diagnostic session, but is aimed at finding the right tools and strategies for the child to develop the necessary skills.
Occupational Therapy Intake
In the Occupational Therapy Intake, Occupational Therapists assess the sensory motor development of the child , based on the concerns of parents or the primary consultant. They focus on the sensory systems of the child and his motor skills including his attention-focussing abilities, graphomotor concerns, orosensory and oromotor skills. Based on their observations and parent’s feedback, they propose an intervention plan ahead for the family, which also includes a written home plan that consists of strategies and activities to work on the concerns.
Home Plan Session
A session each explaining the strategies and home plan provided. Many parents and carers have expressed the need to understand the way the proposed activities need to be conducted. This is also an opportunity for therapist led demonstration of the activity being given as homework.