A functional assessment involves the completion of standardised assessments, client interview, observation of a functional task and corroboration with supports. The functional assessment determines the activities in daily life that an individual can do, requires support with and is unable to do.


 These assessments and reports are frequently utilised to determine someone’s support needs, recommend appropriate support systems (people support, environmental support and assistive technology support). They are commonly used to guide access to government funding, advocate for greater funding and guide the support team to implement planned funding whilst highlighting opportunities for therapeutic intervention.

These assessments are typically completed over two visits with a client, depending on their level of function and circumstance. A home visit (where appropriate and the client consents) enables the therapist to observe the clients functioning within their typical environment, to tailor recommendations that suit the individual’s needs.

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Standardised assessments: Standardised assessment provides the best birds-eye view of where the system is working, and where additional attention is required. 


The following assessments are chosen based on the individuals needs and the reliability and validity of each tool:


  • WHO Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS 2.0)

  • Assessment of Living Skills and Resources (ALSAR-R2)

  • Life skills Profile (LSP-16)

  • Allens cognitive level screen

  • Neuropsychiatry Unit Cognitive Assessment Tool (NuCog)

  • Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)

  • Adolescence/adult sensory profile

  • Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System (ABAS-3)

  • Domestic And Community Skills Assessment (DACSA)

  • Occupational Self-Assessment (OSA)

  • Vineland adaptive behaviour scale (Vineland -3)

  • Occupational Circumstances Assessment Interview and Rating Scale (OCAIRS)