Depending on the child’s developmental level, an evaluation might include: sensorimotor/gross motor skills, including balance, coordination, motor planning and sensory processing abilities; muscle tone and influence in arm function; fine motor skills; visual skills; play skills; vocational and prevocational skills; and activities-of-daily-living skills such as clothes manipulation and cooking skills.
Services may focus on enhancing the child's ability to perform at their highest level in the school environment. Services may include:
- Improving, developing or restoring functions impaired or lost through illness, injury, or deprivation.
- Improving ability to perform tasks for independent functioning when functions are impaired or lost.
- Preventing, through early intervention, initial or further impairment or loss of function.
- Provide instruction or adaptation with necessary equipment that enables a child to function within the school environment and its demands.
Evaluation, prescribed by a licensed physician, might include an assessment of range of motion, muscle tone, strength, stability, locomotion and/or mobility, balance, reflexes, sensation, coordination, endurance, and developmental and/or functional skills. Services may include:
- Recommending adaptive equipment to assist with ambulation, wheelchair mobility and positioning.
- Providing exercise programs as appropriate with the ultimate goal of becoming more functional within the school environment.
- Providing instruction or adaptation concerning mobility and function within the school environment.