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Speech pathology and occupational therapy online, Australia-wide

Umbo provides speech pathology and occupational therapy online. It’s an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. We are a registered NDIS provider, and all of our sessions are online.

 

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What is Umbo?

18 months. That’s how long some families in Australia — particularly those in regional or rural areas — must wait to receive quality speech and occupational therapy. 

At Umbo, we aim to start you on our clinical intake process within 1 business day of receiving your request for therapy.

Our trained therapists deliver highly effective speech and occupational therapy to anywhere in Australia online, via videolink.

We recognise that the accessibility and suitability of allied health services is challenging for marginalised communities, and are committed to an inclusive and affirming practice.

Umbo is a social enterprise and a registered NDIS provider. We also cater to private clients.

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What can occupational therapy help with?

Occupational therapy can help people with activities that they do in their everyday life. This includes helping people who are seeking support with:

  • Getting dressed, washing and going to the toilet
  • Concentrating on a task
  • Moving their body how they want to
  • Using hands, including writing, drawing and cutting
  • Mobilising and travelling safely
  • Planning and carrying out chores or jobs
  • Understanding how to count money and create a budget
  • Understanding how to deal with different sights/sounds/textures
  • Emotional regulation strategies
  • Identifying strategies to that will help to address gender dysphoria and optimise participation in gender-affirming routines

What can speech pathology help with?

Speech pathology can support people with communication or swallowing difficulties/differences that they would like to address. This includes people who are seeking support for:

  • Speaking fluently
  • Producing speech sounds
  • Understanding the meaning of words, sentences, instructions or stories
  • Communicating their needs
  • Forming sentences, telling stories
  • Communicating using means other than spoken language (e.g. spelling boards, key word sign)
  • Understanding neurodiversity, including unique strengths and challenges related to attention, social connection, communication and emotional regulation 
  • Making social connections, understanding social situations and problem solving skills
  • Chewing and swallowing
  • Transitioning to solid foods or expanding the range of foods eaten
  • Feeding babies and toddlers, including those with suspected tongue ties
  • Vocal expression in a gender affirming way for people who are transgender, non-binary and/or gender diverse

Unsure what you need?

No problem, just send us an inquiry explaining the support that you/your child/your family member requires and we can let you know whether a speech pathologist, occupational therapist or other kind of professional would be most appropriate. It’s better to ask and get a clear answer!



Who can use Umbo?

Children and their families
Umbo helps children and families across Australia access vital therapy services online. We’ll quickly connect you with some of Australia’s best speech pathologists and occupational therapists who have experience with children. 
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Adults
Umbo's experienced adult speech pathologists and occupational therapists can provide support for adults who require support due to a disability and or medical conditions through individualised therapy.
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NDIS providers and support coordinators
Umbo can help find a reliable speech pathologist or occupational therapist for your client. Make a referral and we’ll connect you to the right clinician.
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Schools and preschools
Teachers are often the first people in a child’s life to notice they are struggling with speech, movement or life skills. Schools and preschools can use Umbo to refer a child and help them find the online therapy services they need.
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We are a registered NDIS provider and we also cater for private clients



Meet some of our therapists

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Alisa Lingham
Speech Pathologist

Alisa works with young kids and their families, in Early Childhood Intervention. Alisa helps families tune-in to how their child learns, and to find everyday opportunities for communication. By working in partnership, families help their child to talk, play, sing, read books, and tell stories. Alisa also works with families on goals related to mealtimes, and their child’s eating and drinking skills.

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Jo Rowland
Speech Pathologist

Jo works with clients and families across the lifespan and enjoys working with various presenting difficulties and diagnoses.  Jo is a neuro-affirming therapist working towards identifying strengths in an individual and takes a functional approach to therapy. Jo believes in a multidisciplinary approach to support clients and works with schools and other important stakeholders to achieve client goals.

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Wendy Wu
Occupational Therapist

Wendy graduated from the University of South Australia in 2016 and has been an Occupational therapist for over 6 years. She has experience in working with the aged and adult disability population in the community, residential and hospital settings. 

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Maddy Smith
Occupational Therapist

Maddy is an occupational therapist who graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2018. Throughout her career, Maddy has worked within an Early Intervention setting, and community NDIS role supporting an early childhood, paediatric and adult caseload to achieve their goals. Maddy loves working with her clients and their family or key stakeholders to work towards their goals.

The Umbo Difference

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means that the client and their family/support people lead the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic. 

At Umbo online therapy is not just Zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

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Our impact in numbers


Clients in regional or rural areas
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Travel time saved per client
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Total NDIS funding saved
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Average client feedback rating
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“Being introduced to Umbo was a lifesaver”

Sarah, Mum, Central West NSW



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