The Evaluation Process
Are you curious about what an evaluation includes? Do you want to prepare yourself or your child for your first appointment? Here is some helpful information about our process at Galvin Therapy Center:
Your first point of contact will be with Dawn, our intake and scheduling coordinator. She will complete an intake call with you, where she will ask for contact information, insurance information, and the reason you are seeking an evaluation for your child. Once she has all of this, Dawn will work with you to schedule the evaluation, parent meeting, and future appointments. Additionally, Dawn will send you paperwork, including medical history and authorization and billing forms, to be completed prior to the evaluation session.
When it is time for your evaluation, your therapist will come greet you in the waiting room and bring you back to the treatment area. Evaluations generally take 45-60 minutes and look different depending on your therapist, therapy type, and the reason your child is here. You can expect to spend some of the time speaking with the therapist, some time with your child completing standardized testing, and some time with the therapist playing with and observing your child. It is important for parents to understand that while it may look like your child is having fun and playing, the therapist has a reason for each activity to help him/her assess your child’s skills and abilities.
Approximately one week after the evaluation, you will sit down with your therapist to discuss results and recommendations. It is important for parents/caregivers only to attend this meeting so we can freely discuss your child’s needs without him/her overhearing and becoming nervous, anxious, annoyed, etc. Additionally, we recommend both parents/caregivers be present so everyone understands the child’s needs and how to help. At this parent meeting, your therapist will review the results of any testing that was completed. He/she will discuss what was observed and the implications this has on your child’s functioning in his/her daily routine. The therapist will explain any relevant terminology so that you can understand how it pertains to your child. Finally, he/she will present his/her recommendations to you. Feel free to ask your therapist any questions you may have at this meeting!
If therapy is recommended, you likely already have a weekly slot on the schedule. Check with Dawn at the front desk to confirm or change. When you come to therapy sessions, you are welcome to come back and observe, or you may stay in the waiting room. At the end of the session, your therapist will come out to discuss what was completed and how you can carry over these skills at home. If you have any questions about your child’s progress over time, feel free to ask your therapist!