Just as each child and his or her needs are unique, so are the visits. However, there are some things you can do to prepare for a smooth and successful visit.
Before providing treatment, our team conducts an evaluation to see if pediatric rehab services are needed. The decision is based on your child’s abilities, information provided by parents or caregiver, and the therapist’s evaluation.
To assist with this evaluation process, keep track of activities your child participates in on a daily basis and the places those activities occur. Be prepared to share specific concerns. Consider the following:
- What is your main concern?
- What kinds of things do you want your child to perform?
- What daily activities are most affected by your child’s difficulties?
- With whom does your child need to interact?
What aspects of your home life will affect therapy?
- What common settings does your child experience throughout their day?
- What specific physical skills and movements are challenging for your child?
- What types of feeding, play, social, or self-care activities are the most difficult for your child?
- You can refer yourself to our clinic, or have your primary care physician provide a referral.
Your answers to these questions will help the therapy team focus on your child’s most immediate concerns. You and the therapist will work together to determine if therapy is needed and what you want your child to accomplish.
Before Receiving Therapy
In most cases you do not need prior testing before attending an appointment. If further testing is needed after the evaluation, this will be discussed at the time of your evaluation.
However, there are some forms you will need to complete prior to your visit. These include:
Also, please check with your insurance provider to see if Orem - Intermountain Pediatric Rehab is covered and if any referral or preauthorization is required by your insurance. We bill as an outpatient hospital/facility.
During the Appointment
Who should attend the visit
- Because you and your child will both be active participants in the therapy session, we ask that you please do not bring other children to the appointment.
- We request the individual who spends the most time with the child to attend the visit, as they will be best able to provide information about how your child performs daily activities, and will be provided with helpful information to use at home.
- Please ensure you child is well rested before the visit as they will be participating in activities to help us evaluate their skills.
What should I bring?
- Patient History Form
- Feeding History Form
- Food Diary Form
- Your Concerns Form
- Insurance Card
- Payment (note: we are unable to accept cash payments)
- Photo ID for parents/guardians
- Comfortable clothing in which the child can actively move around.
- If your child will be participating in a feeding evaluation, you will need to bring food your child does well with and food your struggles with. Consult with the secretary prior to the appointment for specific instructions.
When should I arrive?
Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment time to check in, submit paperwork, verify insurance information, make your co-pay and sign the consent for treatment form.
If, for some reason, you need to reschedule your appointment, please call us as soon as possible. If you arrive more than 20 minutes late to your appointment, you will be asked to reschedule.
How long will the appointment be?
- Most evaluations take 75 to 90 minutes, though depending on your child's needs, it could take up to two hours. Your child may be tired following the evaluation, as we will assess several areas of function.
- A typical treatment session will last about 55 minutes, depending on your goals and your child's needs.
Following the evaluation, you will receive a copy of the evaluation at your request, or you will return for further treatment and can receive a copy of your evaluation at this time. Our secretary will discuss follow-up options with you following your evaluation.