Assessment & Treatment


An individual  assessment for a child usually takes one or two sessions and will take place where ever is most appropriate and convenient for the child and those caring for them. For example in the school, home or clinic environment.

The assessment is child friendly. Structured clinical observations are also carried out. The child is likely to perceive the clinical observations to be games as they are carried out in a child friendly way.  Standardised assessments (tests carried out in a standard way) may also be used if appropriate. For some children who are highly anxious or who exhibit challenging behaviour standardised assessments may not be appropriate.

The assessment is child focussed. This means the child’s needs are considered. In order to support the child the needs and opinions of those caring for them are also considered. The therapist works collaboratively with parents/carers, health, social care and educational professionals in order to achieve the best results for the child.

Assessment Process

  1. Make contact with Frances Critchley and discuss your requirements. (There is no charge for initial enquiries).
  2. Book assessment date.
  3. Read the Terms and Conditions and sign.
  4. Meet at a location suitable for the specific needs of the child.
  5. The assessment is undertaken. Standardised assessments and non-standardised clinical observations are carried out depending on the specific needs of the child.
  6. Frances will then score up and interpret all the data from the assessment.
  7. A full comprehensive report is then written and sent to you.
  8. The report is followed by a telephone consultation for 30 minutes to discuss the assessment findings.


Treatment may be provided in addition to an assessment. Sessions are usually 1 hour in duration. This allows for 45 minutes face to face intervention and then an additional  15 minutes for the therapist to write up clinical notes. Sessions are usually weekly and the intervention will vary depending on the individual child or young person’s requirements.

Treatment may be provided in the home, school or clininc setting. Sessions are designed so that they are fun and should be an enjoyable experience. The aim will be to build relationships and develop skills. A variety of approaches to treatment  may be used such as Ayres’ Sensory Integration, Sensory Attachment Interventions, The Model of Human Occupation, Theraplay and other approaches  depending on individual needs.

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