Can you do online occupational therapy assessments at Umbo?

Occupational therapy (OT) assessments can be crucial for unlocking funding, getting therapy started, or even just understanding what is going on.

At Umbo, we’ve been doing online OT and speech therapy since 2018. We’ve worked out how to do many assessments online, well before the pandemic started. Through a bit of creativity, and a bit of help on the other end of the video call, most OT assessments can be done online.

Claire Salter Parry doing therapy online

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Why we’re making our online training free

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