How do I get started?

The first step in the process is to determine whether or not your child would benefit from receiving occupational therapy services at Irvine Therapy Services, Inc.  Once we receive your inquiry, a member of our staff will contact you in order to gain a better understanding of your concerns.  We ask that parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) complete the intake forms (which are downloadable from the Get Started page of our website) and return them to our office so that we can determine what would be the best assessment for your child.  If you would prefer to speak in person with a member of our staff, we would be happy to schedule an appointment to meet with you for a complimentary consult and tour.


Does my child have to be assessed at Irvine Therapy Services, Inc. in order to receive occupational therapy services?

We believe that good services begin with an in-depth assessment.  If your child has received an occupational therapy evaluation within the last year, we ask that you bring us a copy of the report for our review.  We would be happy to take a look! Assessments performed at other facilities may or may not provide the information we need in order to initiate services.


Will my insurance cover occupational therapy services at Irvine Therapy Services, Inc.?

Irvine Therapy Services, Inc. accepts some Blue Shield of California PPO insurance plans. We are not providers for Covered California plans.  It has come to our attention over the past year that some insurance brokers or Blue Shield themselves have erroneously informed individuals that we accept their insurance plan.  If you think that we might be an in-network provider for your insurance plan, we are happy to contact your insurance company for benefit verification. Please call our office; we would be happy to check for you!


What if Irvine Therapy Services, Inc. is not an in-network provider with my insurance plan?

If Irvine Therapy Services, Inc. is an out-of-network provider for your insurance plan, you will be responsible for all charges; however, we are happy to provide you with the information needed to submit an invoice to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. We cannot guarantee your insurance company will accept your claim and suggest checking with your insurance company before getting started to ask about your plan's occupational therapy coverage and services.  We know that the process can be frustrating and difficult to navigate; so if you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We want to help!


How long is an occupational therapy session?

Occupational therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes of direct 1:1 intervention followed by a brief conversation with parents/caregivers about the child's session and/or progress.


Is there anything I can do to support my child's progress in OT?

Yes, absolutely. We recognize that the majority of a child's time is not spent in the clinic, but at home, at school, and in the community. Once your child's therapist has had an opportunity to get to know your child, she can collaborate with you to develop a home program of activities to complement what your child is doing in therapy.


Will my child grow out of these issues? Will they resolve on their own?

Children all grow and mature at different rates; however, sensory integration deficits and other sensory processing issues are not something that children grow out of. Early identification and treatment of concerns are important. The earlier that concerns are identified and treated, the better the outlook for the child's well-being physically, emotionally, and psychologically.


Is all pediatric occupational therapy the same?

No, not all pediatric occupational therapy is the same. Many health professions have general practitioners as well as specialists, and occupational therapy does too. There are occupational therapists who specialize in hand therapy, feeding and swallowing, etc. Sensory integration is a specialty area too. A pediatric occupational therapist may have been exposed to sensory integration principles while in school or even taken a continuing education class; however, applying sensory integration principles in occupational therapy practice is a specialty that requires post-graduate education and training. For an occupational therapist to effectively use a sensory integration approach, she or he requires additional education to understand its theoretical underpinnings and extensive mentorship training to integrate the theory into practice.