Situational Assessment

What is a Situational Assessment?

A situational assessment is designed for evaluating Individuals who have severe cognitive or psychological impairments as a result of a motor vehicle collision that affect function.

An experienced Occupational Therapist designs an assessment that presents activities for the client to complete in order to gain information on function both in the client’s home environment and in the community, generally across two days.

In addition, the Occupational Therapist will complete a full file review and obtains client consent to interview family and friends who can provide additional information regarding the client’s preaccident functioning and the client’s daily routine postaccident.

The Occupational Therapist then combines the observational data, client feedback, information from the file review and the interviews to comment on function under each of the four domains; (1) limitations in activities of daily living; (2) social functioning; (3) concentration, persistence, and pace; and (4) deterioration or decompensation in work or worklike settings, as identified in the American Medical Association’s Guide to Permanent Impairment, Mental Behavioural Disorders, Chapter 14.


The Situational Assessment Report has been found to be extremely useful to physicians or psychologists who are assessing whether the client qualifies for Catastrophic Determination.


An OCF 18 will be submitted for the purpose of securing funding for this assessment.

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