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

Myth #1: Online therapy won’t work because kids won’t sit in front of screens

In the coming weeks, we’ll be breaking down myths around online therapy. We sometimes hear that online therapy won’t work, because children won’t sit in front of screens for the session length. Sometimes parents say that their child won’t behave the way parents are seeing while in session. This same scenario can also occur in a face to face clinic …

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Online occupational therapy: An NDIS case study

This case study is part of our collection of resources and training materials for online occupational therapy. If you are an allied health professional see our free online therapy training course for more resources. If you are a family or provider wanting to know more about our online occupational therapy services see our frequently asked questions. Poorani Balasundaram, Occupational Therapist …

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What does an online speech therapy session look like?

This article is part of our collection of resources for online speech therapy. If you are a family or provider wanting to know more about our online speech therapy services see our frequently asked questions. If you are an allied health professional see our free online therapy training course for more resources. Ed Johnson, Clinical Innovation Advisor Before I see …

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Online speech therapy: A case study from a small rural town

This case study is part of our collection of resources and training materials for online speech therapy. If you are an allied health professional see our free online therapy training course for more online speech therapy resources. If you are a family or provider wanting to know more about the online speech therapy services we offer see our frequently asked …

Why we’re making our online training free

By Weh Yeoh In 2018, when we started Umbo, we were concerned about the long wait times that families in Australia – particularly those in regional or rural areas – experienced to access quality speech and occupational therapy. Having worked in countries like Cambodia, China, Vietnam and India, I couldn’t believe that in my own country of Australia, access to …

Free Online Therapy Training Course

At Umbo we provide a free online training course for allied health professionals who want to learn the latest evidence-based practices for delivering therapy online. Online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. To get the best clinical outcomes, it’s crucial to be confident and proficient in providing an individualised approach to each …

The End of Jobkeeper: What This Means for Your Practice

Almost a year on from the start of the pandemic, we’re looking back at the support that the government has given to NDIS providers.  Whilst the whole sector should be thankful for the support that has been given, there are some worrying statistics to come out of the last 12 months that suggest that some support is still needed. NDS’s …

How Person-Centred Online Therapy Works

What do you think when somebody mentions telehealth, digital practice or online therapy? Many families, service providers and clinicians are hesitant about what it involves, what the difference is, and if it really works. In fact, many people use the terms interchangeably.  At Umbo, we like to talk about online therapy or digital practice, because we believe that it leaves behind any baggage attached to traditional telepractice and practical …

5 Benefits of Online Therapy

Many people have been introduced to online therapy in the last few months. It almost feels like a new phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Telehealth, as it’s sometimes called, has actually been around for a long time. Many practitioners can claim to have been practicing online therapy for over a decade! Here are some reasons why they’ve …