- What Should I Do to Get Started With Therapy?After receiving a referral to The Therapy Village, or even if you are seeking out therapy on your own accord, please contact our office. The office staff will obtain your health insurance information and check your benefits for therapy.
- The Initial Evaluation AppointmentUpon your arrival to our facility, please check in at the front desk. Will will need the following: your insurance or Medicaid card, prescription for therapy(s) from you child’s pediatrician, and your driver’s license or identification card. We will ask you to complete new client paperwork. Also, you may be asked to complete a Sensory Profile if you child will be receiving occupational therapy.
The initial assessment will last about an hour. In the beginning of the evaluation, the therapist will discuss your concerns regarding your child’s development and history. Following this discussion, we will take your child into one of our therapy rooms for the evaluation.
- What to ExpectEach evaluation utilizes objective and standardized measures, whenever possible. In addition to the formal assessment of your child, we also want to hear from you, the parents. Nobody knows your child better than you do, and your perceptions and observations are an invaluable component in developing an effective treatment plan.
Evaluations vary from child to child, depending on age, capabilities, or physical or mental development. However, every evaluation is conducted in a manner that minimizes stress for the child. And, we hope, an experience that the child enjoys.
Some children will need information about the evaluation ahead of time. We recommend that you tell them that we will be playing games with them. You can tell older children that we want to see how they use their eyes, hands and muscles. Please reassure your child that this will be a fun experience.
Upon completion of the evaluation, the therapist will discuss any areas of suspected delay with you, and make recommendations for therapy. On-going therapy sessions may be scheduled at this time. We will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs and to coordinate multiple disciplines if this is necessary. We strongly encourage all parents and/or caregivers to share with us personal goals for your child in order for us to all collaboratively achieve his/her optimal developmental in all environments.
- The First Therapy Session
Payments for therapy, including all co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles will be collected at the time of service. Therapy services that are not covered by your insurance company, or for individuals without health insurance coverage, will also to be collected at the time of service. During your child’s therapy session, most of our parents remain in the waiting room. Typically, children participate at a greater level and/or transition more easily between activities without their parent present.
If a parent wishes to leave the facility while their child is in session, please ensure that all contact information is up-to-date. We request that you return within adequate time to meet with your child’s therapist to review their progress and suggested home activities.