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Occupational Therapy Assessments with Hessel Group

POSTED ON August 17, 2023

Occupational Therapy (OT) assessments are tools and processes used by occupational therapists to evaluate a person's ability to perform their daily activities and roles, whether those are related to self-care, productivity, or leisure. These assessments help therapists to identify strengths, challenges and needs in order to plan appropriate interventions. The goal is to promote independence, participation and well-being in various environments, including home, school, workplace and community settings.

Occupational therapyHessel Group offers a variety of OT assessments each tailored to different needs, populations and settings. Here are some types of OT assessments:

  1. Performance Assessments: These are hands-on evaluations where the therapist observes the client performing a specific task or activity. Examples include the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) and the Kitchen Task Assessment (KTA).

  2. Standardised Assessments: These have a consistent procedure and scoring method. They provide scores that can be compared to norms or standards. 

  3. Self-Report Assessments: These involve the client providing information about their own feelings, perceptions and abilities. 

  4. Environmental Assessments: These focus on the physical, social and attitudinal environment in which the person functions. Examples include the Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool (HSSAT) and the School Function Assessment (SFA).

  5. Sensory Profile: Evaluates an individual's sensory processing patterns in everyday situations.

  6. Paediatric Assessments: These are tailored for children and might evaluate play skills, handwriting skills or developmental milestones.

  7. Cognitive Assessments: Examine the cognitive functions that can impact a person’s ability to perform daily tasks. Examples include the Cognitive Performance Test (CPT) and the Allen Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS).

  8. Assistive Technology Assessments: Determine the need for adaptive equipment or technology to support functional independence.

  9. Vocational Assessments: Evaluate a person's readiness, skills, interests and challenges related to returning to work or entering the workforce.

  10. Geriatric Assessments: Focus on the needs of older adults, looking at aspects like fall risk, home safety and the ability to perform daily self-care tasks.


Occupational Therapists select the assessments that are most relevant to the individual's needs and the context in which they are working. After the assessment, the therapist will work with the client (and often support coordinators, caregivers or family members) to set goals and develop an intervention plan.


Hessel Group supports our clients from our clinics in Fullarton, Welland and within the community at convenient and appropriate settings for our clients and their families. Our Welland clinic includes a sensory room which has become a favourite for our clients as it's a very calm and welcoming space, ask our team about it or come by and see for yourself.

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