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Functional Assessment

The functional assessment is a complete assessment of how your child is functioning in relation to the school and home environment. It will assess fine motor skills (dressing, writing, manipulating objects) gross motor skills (running, balancing, jumping, gymnastic movements) and visual perception skills (hand eye co-ordination, figure ground discrimination. The therapist will then use the information gathered through this assessment to design a suitable treatment plan to overcome any identified difficulties.

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Where and how is the Functional assessment completed?

The Functional assessment is an assessment that can take place in clinic, at home or in school, during this assessment your child will participate in a variety of play based assessment games with the therapist. During this time the therapist will be observing, analysing and determining what difficulties your child may be experiencing. For example, catching an object may be something that your child struggles with. The therapist would consider why this may be through analytical reasoning. Some of the reasons could be due to poor hand eye coordination, visual perception skills, judging the flight and speed of the ball (temporal skills) or poor motor control over the arms and hands.

What problems may be suitable for a Functional assessment?

An occupational therapist would be suitable for your child, if they have any of the following problems:
  • Difficulty catching/throwing a ball
  • Finds physical education difficult
  • Running looks uncoordinated
  • Clumsy
  • Poor handwriting
  • Trouble getting dressed
  • Difficulty doing up zips/buttons
  • Finds it hard to stay balanced
  • Difficulty manipulating objects in hand or using both hands
The occupational therapist would use the functional assessment to determine how these problems are impacting upon your child�s ability at home and at school. If you notice that your child is having difficulty in any tasks that other children find easy then they may be suitable for an Occupational Therapy assessment.

Conditions the Functional assesses

An occupational therapist would use the functional assessment to asses children that have: The functional assessment can also be used on other children, or those without a diagnosed condition. It is an excellent outcome measure. An outcome measure is a tool used to measure change in function over time, and is usually completed at the beginning and end of therapy to demonstrate the improvements made.

What will the Functional assessment assess?

The occupational therapist will use the Functional assessment to gain a better insight into how any functional difficulties are affecting your child during day to day life, both at school and at home. This would include a practical assessment and detailed discussion, to aid in both understanding for yourself and deciding on the right treatment plan for your child.

Impact on the school environment
The Functional assessment would not only identify any functional difficulties but determine how these are impacting on your Childs ability to perform both in school and at home. For example, poor fine motor difficulties identified during assessment could relate to your child being last at getting changed for P.E or struggling to join in construction based play with other children.

Impact on the home
The impact on the home would also be considered, for example, any difficulties your child may be experiencing at school could mean they are not coming home happy, or appear frustrated at what are seemingly relatively easy tasks to complete for someone of their age. This could have a detrimental effect on the home dynamics and relationships between siblings/parents.

What information will I receive following a Functional assessment?

Following an assessment, the occupational therapist will discuss the outcome of the assessment with you and explain in further detail the reasons why your child may be experiencing some difficulties. If desired you can request to receive a Functional report based on the findings of this assessment. This will contain a detailed analysis of the impact the condition is having on your life, a treatment plan and recommendations that will improve your daily living.

Treatment following a Functional assessment

Following a functional assessment the occupational therapist can provide help and interventions. Some of these are:
  • Gross motor groups
  • Movement based activities
  • 1:1 Sessions
  • Fine motor games (Jenga, building blocks etc)
  • Handwriting improvement programmes
  • Dressing practice
  • Play therapy


In summary the Functional assessment would firstly identify any physical or cognitive difficulties that are having a detrimental effect on function and then apply these to the environment, incorporating how they are impacting upon both school and at home. This assessment would then form the basis for your treatment plan.

If you would like a Functional assessment or want to talk about any of the problems above then please email or call 0330 223 0888

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OT for Kids have been a great help in aiding my son Jake with coping with his dyspraxia both at home and in school. They came out to our house and completed the assessment at home.

The assessment and report proved beneficial in our discussions with Jake's school and we are very pleased with the outcome the report has helped us achieve.
Jackie, parent.
At our school, there are many children who have difficulty forming letters correctly, concentrate or perform well in P.E, which can impact greatly on their learning. With the support and OT Groups available from OT for Kids, these children have made great progress and are now at a level which is not so concerning. As a teacher and SENCO, I thoroughly enjoyed working (and learning) from the Occupational Therapist.
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As a case manager, I regularly deal with many private companies. I found OT for Kids to be highly professional, reliable and provide me with flexible appointments that suited both me and my clients. The OT completed a comprehensive assessment and report, which was not only clear, concise and an accurate reflection of the difficulties, but it was returned to me quickly.
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