Individual developmental assessment and feedback report
The Occupational Therapist will assess your child’s school readiness skills with assistance of the Miller Function and Participation Scale (M-FUN). This is a developmental assessment tool that is used to identify children (aged 2:6-7:11 years) who may have a developmental delay in functional motor abilities that are needed in order to participate in the early school years. It looks at the areas of visual motor, fine motor and gross motor skills.
The assessment takes approximately one hour to complete and it consists of the following tasks: workbook tasks including mazes, scanning for hidden objects, drawing a person, letter tracing and copying, folding and cutting paper, games with coins, manipulating clay, balancing on one foot, jumping, kicking a ball etc.
Each task is scored according to the different motor skills that the child is able to demonstrate. At the end of the assessment a final score for each area (visual motor, fine motor and gross motor) is calculated in order to determine if there is a delay in motor abilities, compared to same aged peers.
The Occupational Therapist will then make specific recommendations for some activities to assist your child to develop both their confidence and skill level, which can be incorporated in your daily or weekly routine.
Individual intervention sessions
The Occupational Therapist will set individualised goals for this appointment, tailored to the needs of your child and family. This may include direct one on one work with your child, consultation with parent or teacher ( as required); relevant to the needs of your child. Appointments are for 30 minutes duration. The amount and frequency of sessions will be negotiated with family.
The Occupational Therapist will make specific recommendations for some activities to assist your child to develop both their confidence and skill level. Many of these activities can be incorporated in your daily or weekly routine, by looking at opportunities. Routines based activities will be discussed with parents to assist the family to develop specific goals to increase your child’s competence with table top activities and to address underlying barriers to your child’s general participation at home, kindergarten and/or school.
Fine motor group sessions (Fingergym™)
The Fingergym™ group is an evidence-based small group program specifically designed to develop fine motor skills and handwriting. Fingergym™ uses fun and motivating fine motor based activities to target many skills necessary to help children become more independent in the classroom. This group is great for children who would benefit from extra practice with fine motor activities relevant to their school participation such as writing/pre-writing skills, pencil skills, manipulating small objects, cutting and activities that are designed to strengthen shoulder, hand, and finger muscles. These activities are essential core foundation skills in children that assist them to become independent in the classroom once achieved.
This group can also be of benefit to children who need help in other areas, such as:
- Organising themselves and their possessions
- Starting and finishing tasks
- Confidence to have a go
- Asking for help when needing it
- Following instructions.
MUCCY is currently offering group programs for pre-schoolers, prep and grade one students. The MUCCY clinic operates on a Thursday only.
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