Assessment measures utilised

Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)

A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive 3-hour evaluation that assesses the individual’s function in all areas of life; including self-care, home/family care, leisure participation, social participation, sleep and work. It typically starts with an assessment interview. It includes a mental health audit that looks at any existing mental illness and its impact on the client’s functioning. A functional cognitive assessment is done that looks at how difficulty with brain processes like concentration, problem solving, mental endurance etc. impacts on a client’s functioning at work or in their personal life. Work expectations are assessed in detail. Lastly the client’s current abilities are matched with their life or work demands. This enables the Occupational Therapist to make recommendations with regards to a plan, including treatment recommendation and potential referrals to other health care team members.

Mental health audits

A mental health audit typically forms part of an FCE, but can also be done in smaller assessments. It aims at identifying potential mental health concerns. It also assesses the impact of such conditions on a person’s functioning. If a potential mental illness is identified, referral and different treatment options is discussed with the client.

Lifestyle Audits

A lifestyle audit typically forms part of an FCE, but will always be included in initial assessments sessions of any kind. This helps the Occupational Therapist identifies any life areas that is underdeveloped or absent. Occupational Therapy emphasises the health properties that lies within a balanced lifestyle with adequate attention to and development or all life areas.

Sensory Matrix TM & Senses @ WorkTM

The Sensory MatrixTM is a powerful assessment tool (developed by Sensory IntelligenceTM) that assesses an individual’s sensory processing style and provides a report outlining specific coping strategies that optimises personal functioning for each style.

The Senses @ WorkTM is specifically designed to assess sensory processing style as it pertains to work and identify whether an individual is best suited for home, office or hybrid working.

Sensory Audits

A sensory audit specifically assesses the environmental factors that impacts on a client’s productivity and coping, based on their unique sensory processing style.

This may include a sensory audit of a client’s home or work environment. This might also include a Sensory AuditTM online assessment that helps persons working from home to optimise their work space to meet the needs based on their unique sensory processing style. In this way work productivity is optimised.

Treatment methods used

Occupational Science

Occupational Therapy takes a holistic view of human health and wellbeing. It is also an extremely practical intervention method that empowers clients to function independently in their unique contexts.

Occupational Therapists are trained in task analysis and uses this to identify the physical, emotional, psychological and cognitive demands of tasks. We are also trained in understanding human motivation and health. When putting this together we have mastered the art of using activities (ranging from leisure to work to personal care etc.) to heal, but also promoting health in clients in order to meet the demands of the activities in their lives.

DBT-skills training

Dialectical behavior Therapy-skills training is a highly practical treatment tool that teaches clients the skills to cope better in their lives.

It consists of 4 modules, including:

  • Emotional regulation skills
  • Distress tolerance skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness skills.
  • Mindfulness practice

Change management

Occupational Therapists are well trained in understanding motivation and assisting clients in overcoming motivational stumbling blocks.

Sensory coaching

Once a client’s sensory processing style is identified, a uniquely tailored plan is developed to:

1. Assist them to meet their unique their sensory needs, which in turn improves their ability to cope with life’s demands.

2. Restructure their home and/or work environments to meet their unique their sensory needs, which in turn improves their ability to cope with life’s demands.

Coming soon – Biofeedback & HRV-biofeedback training

Anneke is currently enrolled in Biofeedback and HRV-biofeedback training.

Biofeedback trains participants to activate their body’s internal brake system in order to help the body reach a state of calmness. The more individuals practice activating this brake system, the more proficient they become in coping when life’s challenges triggers their stress response.

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