Assessment

All assessments and treatments utilize a play model, making visits to SUMA KIDS fun!

SUMA KIDS, Inc. is proud of our assessment model. We work 1:1 with the child after reviewing developmental and sensory profile questionnaires filled out by parents/caregivers. We review and encourage families to provide any pertinent reports from teachers and other service providers. Some standardized tests are used, along with clinical observations of carefully designed assessment activities.
 

Our assessment focuses on the child’s areas of strengths as well as areas of challenge. We evaluate your child’s gross and fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, upper extremity functioning, hand development, visual motor integration , handwriting (or pre-writing) skills, motor planning abilities, and sensory processing. In addition, bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, midline integration, hand/foot dominance, fine motor coordination is also evaluated.
 

For children with sensory a sensory processing disorder (SPD) we use a standardized parent evaluation tool and clinical observations to determine sensory processing concerns such as sensory regulation, modulation, and defensiveness. Tactile, auditory, visual, proprioception, kinesthetic awareness, vestibular and oral motor domains are all assessed to help us create the pertinent picture of your child, including areas of strength.
 

The assessment is based on a play model (as much as possible) and generally takes 11/2 - 2 hours to administer. The therapist then reviews, scores and interprets the findings. These are presented to parents at a 1 hour meeting, within two weeks of the assessment. At this meeting the test results are reviewed, explained and our recommendations are given.
 

If treatment is recommended, your child’s therapist will develop atreatment plan with proposed goals for clinic implementation. In addition to a clinic based treatment plan a home program is provided to families so that your child can practice his or her developing and new found skills.
 

Many parents and caregivers use the assessment as part of their child’s educational planning process.