What should I tell my child about why we are coming to OT?
- For an evaluation, we often tell children that it “is a chance to show off the things that they already know how to do, as well as to show us what things they are still learning”. Let your child know that he or she will be doing some things with hands while sitting at the table, and some things with the whole body. At the end, your child will be allowed to select some things to try out in the gym space, like swinging or climbing.
- If your child is feeling nervous about the first session, you can let him or her know that “many children come to here to help them “learn new things with their muscles”/”learn new ways to calm their bodies”/”get ready for Kindergarten”. Children often pick up on the emotions of others; a positive and relaxed approach is best. Once your child arrives, he or she will see that this is a fun environment where every child feels accepted and supported!
What should my child wear?
- Clothing that is well fitted to the child’s body, casual (active wear), and seasonable will be appropriate. Your child may be invited to participate in messy play. Shoes are not permitted on areas with mats.
Do I need to stay for the session?
- Whether the parent stays for the session is dependent upon what is best for your child. The parent is not required to stay for sessions unless it is determined to be the best situation for your child. Our evaluation room has a large window which allows for checking without disturbing the session. Our gym also has an open format in which parents can easily hear or visually check in from the waiting room, while still allowing your child to have their own “kid power” space.