Ot evaluation

Lisa - posted on 09/06/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My two year son was recently evaluated by the Ot and is showing signs of sensory issues he already receives speech therapy once a week and they want him to do the Ot, his father seems held back from having him doing therapy because he had not seen a doctor to gets formal diagnosis, I feel like the therapy wont hurt any so he is going to start as soon as an ot is available, just wondering of anyone knew if the ot will diagnosis him or we should consult a specialist?

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Christina-Marie - posted on 10/17/2012

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In my experience, with two children diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, most pediatricians will defer diagnosis to a developmental specialist by referral. The OT may very well be (and probably is) qualified to do the diagnosis, but some insurance companies will require the diagnosis by a physician or specialist in order to cover the therapy. Hope you get some firm answers and information, soon. Good luck!

Nikki - posted on 09/23/2012

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Hi, just read your post and wanted to let you know my 4 year old daughter is just being diagnosed by OT as having SPD. I have been told verbally and the detailed report is due in the next week. In my experience, the OT is the only person who has really helped so far in my 4 year journey of finding out what is wrong with my child. Our paediatrican is OK for general advice and as a point of contact for referrals, but our OT is trained in SPD (not all of them are). The 'therapy' is simple physical, mental and practical activities that your son will enjoy and regard as a play session. My advice is go for it - can only be a positive thing. If he is diagnosed, then great you are already ahead of the game. If not, no harm has come. Good luck!

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Brenna - posted on 11/08/2012

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I have a 2.5 yr old son as well that same story started with speech and has now had an OT eval and is showing signs of significant SP issues. I would check your states regulations. In NC a child under the age of 4 can only be diagnosis with any disorder, ADHD, and other similar things by a developmental specialist. All recommendations will be sent from your OT and speech to be included in the appt with them. To keep up with the diagnosis following them into school age it is best to go ahead and see a developementalist.

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