Key Service Objectives

  • To promote functional independence in children and young people who have living and learning difficulties.
  • To provide assessment and support for children and young people who are affected by functional deficits (e.g. difficulties with gross motor skills, fine motor skills, self care skills, play skills, social skills and visual processing problems).
  • To promote /facilitate the development of the child or young person to his/her optimum level of function, physically, psychologically and socially. The child or young person is always considered within the context of his/her family where parents/carers are encouraged to be partners in the intervention process.
  • To liaise and communicate with other agencies or other persons who may be involved with the care of the individual, to ensure a co-ordinated approach.
  • To recognise the limitations of the service that is provided and the area of expertise.
  • To acknowledge and encompass the legislation within health and education that appertains to the area of learning difficulties and related conditions.

Smart Consultancy is committed to meeting individual needs and therefore each package is tailor-made for each child/young person and their family. The type of assessment is determined and agreed in the referral process.

The service will recognise the chronological and functional age of the child/young person. Assessment methods may include (but need not be limited to) observation, palpation, interview and testing. Where standardised assessments are used the consultant involved will be competent in their administration and interpretation.

Following the initial assessment a report will be written and copied to the referral agent and/or GP and client. Copies will be forwarded to other agencies with the consent of the parent/carer.

The report will contain:

  • A summary of background information and reason for referral.
  • Details of clinical findings and effects upon functional, occupational and educational performance.
  • Differential diagnosis if applicable.
  • Recommendations based on the consultant's opinion with emphasis on need not available resources.
  • Where appropriate the service will liaise with relevant agencies to communicate findings and need. Where onward referral to other agencies is necessary this will be indicated in the report.
  • The service will communicate to the client therapy needs, if required, and inform of further services available to meet the client's needs as appropriate.

All contact will be entered in the child’s file and be signed and dated by the respective team member. All information complies with the Data Protection Act 1998