Answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Occupational Therapy and how can it help my child? Whatever a child’s age, Occupational Therapists can help children overcome physical or other difficulties. The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to enable children to function and participate in their everyday environment.
Paediatric Occupational Therapy aims to help a child achieve/maintain their maximum possible level of independence in everyday activities and enable them participate to their full potential at home and/or at school.
This is achieved through goal setting and partnership with the child’s family and/or teacher, within the child’s home or at school. Paediatric Occupational Therapists work with babies, primary school children and secondary school students and have an excellent knowledge of the expected occupations for each age-group.
Depending on a child's age, OTs use play and teaching of skills to improve independence. OTs may also suggest alternative ways of doing things, adapt activities to make them easier to achieve or recommend equipment to help a child.
2. Can I access other professions through The Children's OT? 'The Children's OT' has developed very close links with Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists and Physiotherapists also offering private appointments. We are very happy to work jointly with other professionals.
3. Do I need a referral letter from my family doctor or consultant? No, just get in touch and we will be happy to arrange an appointment if we feel we can help.
4. Where will my child be seen? Children can be seen in clinic in Sandyford, Dublin (near The Beacon Hospital) or at school (Meath, Dublin, Kildare and Westmeath schools).
5. Does my child need a full assessment? If your child has not had an OT assessment within the past 12 months, we recommend a full assessment. This will help us to identify the factors contributing to your child's difficulties. It is important that you let us know if your child has seen an OT or any other medical professional within the past 12 months.
We will ask you to complete and return a pre-assessment questionnaire to help us fully understand your concerns and your child’s difficulties. Following this, we conduct a face-to-face assessment session lasting approximately 1.5 hours. We will also ask your permission to send a questionnaire to your child’s Teacher. We aim to complete our report within three weeks of assessment. If you are working to specific deadlines, we can accommodate these, with sufficient notice.
Assessments for children with ASD generally take place at school and are usually split over a number of visits.
6. Do I need to be present for assessment and/or treatment sessions? You are very welcome to attend and that is generally the ideal. Some older students prefer not to have their parents present during the assessment.
7. Can I carry over therapy activities at home/school? This is essential for effective therapeutic intervention. We will work with you to explain what we are working on in therapy sessions and how we are doing it. We will suggest activities for you to work on at home/at school and any equipment that may be beneficial.
8. How often and for how long will my child need to be seen?This depends on the nature of your child’s difficulty and the level of your concern. We will discuss this with you after our assessment.
9. What costs are involved?
Full Assessment: €450 (includes report and recommendations ).
Parent Consultation session: €100.
School visit: €120. Travel to some locations may incur a charge.
Please get in touch to discuss fees for group sessions and training/presentations.
10. Directions to the Sandyford clinic: http://www.thechildrenspractice.ie/contact-us/our-location/
11. How do I pay? Fees are payable in full on the day of attendance. We accept payment by cheque or cash. We can accept card payments, but these are subject to a 3% processing fee.
12. Is assessment and/or treatment covered by my health insurance? Occupational Therapy services are covered by some health insurers. You should contact your insurance provider to clarify what your plan covers. In addition you may be able to claim Tax Relief on certain medical expenses. See http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/it/leaflets/it6.html for further information.
13. What if I need to cancel an appointment? Please refer to our Cancellation and Refund Policy for full details.
14. Does it matter if my child also sees a HSE/Enable Ireland Occupational Therapist? Generally this is not a problem, but you must inform us of another OT's involvement. If your child is receiving regular input elsewhere, we will ask for your permission to liaise with your child’s HSE/Enable Ireland OT. If your child has had any therapy, medical or psychological assessments or other investigations within the past three years, please bring these reports to their first appointment.