How do I find a qualified occupational therapist for my child?

Question

How do I find a qualified occupational therapist for my child?

Finding an OT

  1. Ask your pediatrician or other healthcare provider for recommendations. They may have experience working with occupational therapists in your area and can provide you with a list of qualified practitioners.
  2. Check with your insurance provider. They may have a list of occupational therapy providers who are covered under your plan.
  3. Ask for recommendations from other parents or support groups. They may have experience with occupational therapists in your area and can provide you with valuable feedback. Consider looking online such as Facebook groups in your area.
  4. Ask your local neighborhood social group such as on Nextdoor.
  5. Look on yellow page directories such as Yelp for occupational therapy clinics near you.

Next Steps

  1. When you have a list of potential therapists, ask for their credentials and experience.
  2. A qualified occupational therapist will have a degree in occupational therapy and be licensed to practice in your state. They should also have experience working with children and have the appropriate certifications to work with your child’s specific condition.
  3. Schedule an initial evaluation with the therapist to see if they are a good fit for your child and your family. You should feel comfortable with the therapist, and they should be able to explain their approach and treatment plan in a way that you understand.
  4. Have a list of questions to ask ready.
  5. Also, it’s important to ensure that the therapist is familiar with telehealth, if you are planning to use it.
  6. Finally, it’s important to check that the therapist is able to provide services in your state and that they are covered by your insurance.
  7. Prepare your child to attend in-person occupational therapy and/or telehealth sessions ahead of time.