Full Neurodevelopmental HANDLE® Assessment & Program
Full Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Program Description
A Full Neurodevelopmental Assessment and Program is best for getting a complete picture of the interaction of the sensory-motor systems and their relationship with each other and the environment. Through simple tasks, these interactions can be analyzed. If a diagnosis is involved this assessment is highly recommended. The 7 program review sessions move gently, but steadily toward the goals.
Full Neurodevelopmental HANDLE Assessment & Program includes:
2-hour full assessment (May be done in different segments)
2-hour training for results sharing and home program with any relevant family members or others
1 fine tune session (75 minutes) usually done shortly after the training to ensure appropriate fit of all elements of the program
6 monthly program reviews (75 minutes each). The fourth monthly visit includes a recheck assessment. These reviews move the program toward the goals of the client and family.
Final visit includes: maintenance menu that can be returned to if desired in the future
This service is recommended for anyone with a diagnosis or wanting a clear baseline on underlying systems efficiency. Reflex assessment and in office remediation is included in this program.
Preparation for the Assessment
Having a clear goal or defined issue helps to direct the program. We emphasize a positive approach. We ask the client and parent, “What would you like to make easier or do better?” or “What do you do well that you would like to do even better?” For young children, it is usually only important to tell them that “Miss Janet” is going to look at how you learn. This is true and nonthreatening. I make it a habit of respect to include clients in discussion pertaining to him or her. If other information must be discussed or delivered that the client must not hear, this is best sent by email.
Ideally, I have the history and intake information before seeing the client. This can be emailed, faxed, or brought in before the assessment. The forms are linked below or we can email or mail them to you. Let us know what you prefer. The most important reason to get the forms in early is that I do not have to take assessment time to look over the intake information. If you are unable to get the forms to us ahead of time, do bring them to the assessment.
Behavior is communication. I learn about the client by the reactions that occur. Those accompanying the client can relax in the understanding that I will get the information that I need. However, if the client leaves the assessment room, it is the duty of a parent or aide to find and return with the client. It is ideal for the client and those accompanying to be as comfortable as possible during the assessment. If necessary, a rest, snack or toilet break is acceptable.
Preparation for the Results Sharing and the Program Training
It is important that the client and those who will help with the program be at the discussion and training session when possible. However, we do video the session for learning purposes.
Although we want the client to hear and understand as much as he or she can in relation to the assessment results, we understand that many children listen best while occupying themselves. You may bring things for a child client to do and we have toys available. We will ask that these materials be set aside when we are doing the training on specific activities.