Generally, a paediatrician is involved in diagnosis and an occupational therapist and/ or a physiotherapist is involved in both diagnosis and intervention. A Paediatrician will be required to exclude any other medical conditions which may explain the child’s difficulties
For a diagnosis to be made, it’s essential for the child to have what is called a norm-referenced assessment of their motor skills. This may be done by an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or paediatrician. This is a standardised movement assessment which will measure a child’s ability to carry out gross and fine motor activities.
The assessments yield standard scores and percentiles so comparisons can be made with the general population. A diagnosis is only given if the scores are below specified percentiles. More information on this should be obtained from the team carrying out the assessment.
Last updated 10 September 2020