By: Laura Petix, MS OTR/L

The tables were turned recently, when I found myself sitting on the other side of the table, as a parent having her child evaluated by developmental specialists. In the past three months, she has been evaluated by neurologists, a developmental pediatrician, an occupational therapist (not me!), and a child psychologist. 

Aside from the stress and concern about what the outcome would be, I knew I had to make this a learning opportunity for myself as an OT practitioner. Needless to say, I was not impressed by many of the practitioners we worked with and was shocked, to say the least, by some of the events that happened and the comments/questions that were presented to me.

While I don’t wish for any parent to have to experience this, it’s been invaluable to my practice as an OT. For those of you who won’t get this insightful opportunity, are new to practice, or aren’t parents, please continue reading, and take notes. 

Before the evaluation

During the evaluation

After the evaluation

The next time you evaluate a client and their family, please keep these notes in mind. To you, it’s just another day at work. To them, it’s a big day. 

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Laura Petix, MS OTR/L

I’m an enneagram 6, so my brain is constantly moving. My OT lenses never turn off and I can’t “un-see” the sensory and other developmental skills that go in to literally every activity. I love taking what I see and breaking it down into simple terms so parents can understand what goes into their child’s behavior and skills.

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