Clinical Observations at the Park

Clinical Observations at the Park


Clinical Observations at the Park is a tool specifically designed for pediatric occupational therapists. These five forms will help make your sessions at the park efficient, effective and FUN! We included documents that help you educate parents about therapeutic park activities, making follow up easy.

  • Digital Download: Please download within 24 hours of accessing link.
  • Format: PDF
  • Published: July 2016, Updated April 2017
  • # of Pages: 20

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Observing a child in a natural environment can provide valuable information regarding growth and development. Conducting a therapy session at a local park with a client and his parents is an opportunity to see how the child is functioning in a typical community setting and how the parent and child engage through play. While some parents are intrinsically very playful, others might need guidance as they discover the therapeutic value of play at the park.

The clinical observations that we gather during our park sessions provide a snapshot of how the child is developing and navigating through his environment. With this baseline, we are able to design and tailor activities to support skill development! This information also allows us to focus on identified areas of difficulty in the clinical setting that will help the child grow and learn in their natural environments.

Our Clinical Observations at the Park Tool has been designed specifically for parks and playgrounds! Use it as a friendly reminder of mental notes to take, or get down and dirty and circle, underline, highlight, and pass it on!  Packed with resources and handouts, this tool will make documentation easier, communication with parents flawless, and developing home programs and treatment interventions a breeze! 

Here's what you get:

  1. DETAILED CHECKLIST - 15 areas of to observe when working with a child at the park
  2. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS - a parent handout outlining their child's strengths and challenge areas
  3. PARK ACTIVITY LIST - specific ideas for parents to use with their individual child
  4. GLOSSARY - definitions of terminology and how each area impacts a child's daily life
  5. EQUIPMENT KEY - Not sure what equipment to use to address your findings? We figured it out for you!

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About the Creators

Passport to the Park is one branch of Passport to Function, a resource site created by two occupational therapists. 

Mary Singer, MS, OTR/L has over 35 years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist. She has coauthored publications in the field of occupational therapy and has developed educational classes for both therapists and parents of young children. Mary specializes in the evaluation and treatment of babies and children with a wide array of abilities and diagnoses including ADHD, Autism, Developmental Delays, and Sensory Integration and sensory processing disorders. Mary is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests) certified in Ayres Sensory Integration®.


Suzanne Greenwood OTR/L is a University of Southern California graduate with over 16 years of direct service as a pediatric occupational therapist. Suzanne is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests) certified and has completed the fidelity training in Ayres Sensory Integration®. In 2003, Suzanne established Centerpointe for Children, a pediatric OT clinic with a strong emphasis in sensory processing and integration. She has extensive experience in relational, play-based therapy and frequently partners with Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists, and Social Workers to support children ages 2-15 of varying diagnoses across environments.

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