Occupational therapy assessment is the process of gathering information about the individual so that treatment can be appropriately focused. Depending on the therapist, the child and the family, assessment can consist of interviews, file reviews, play based activities or formal, standardized evaluation tools. Most assessments consist of pieces of all these factors.
At the completion of assessment the therapist will have a full picture of the child including any difficulties with occupational performance, any sensory integration influences on these difficulties, and other component influences on those difficulties. This information is shared with the parents and from it a treatment plan is designed.