How a person-centred approach to online therapy helped Amelia say goodbye to meltdowns

Approximately 1 in 150 people in Australia have autism. And yet, access to services locally for many of them involve long wait lists, and inconsistent service. Meanwhile, evidence around online delivery of speech and occupational therapy suggests that treatment can be effective if it is done purely online. If online therapy can produce the same results as in person therapy, …

7 tips to help clients with autism deal with the disruption of lockdown

With continual lockdowns on the horizon for much of Australia, changes to routine can be disruptive to all of us. For people with autism, it can be even more devastating. One very common trait of people with autism is restrictive or repetitive behaviours, such as being fixed on a routine. Transitions are hard. This is where occupational therapy, delivered online, …

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 …

Autism Awareness Month: How to Deal with Changes to Routine During COVID-19

Autism can come in many forms. One very common trait of people with autism is restrictive or repetitive behaviours, such as being fixed on a routine. Whilst COVID-19 has changed many of our lives, for those with autism, it can seem like their world is turning upside down. But not to worry! We’ve come up with some handy tools to …

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 …

Does my child need to see a speech pathologist?

There are certain speech and language milestones that we expect children to reach as they are growing and developing.  It is worth seeing a speech pathologist if your child: is stuttering, is very difficult to understand, or has great difficulty understanding what is being said or communicated to them.  If your child has very restricted or limited food preferences a …

What is a Speech Pathologist?

Speech pathologists work with people with communication impairments such as difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.  The speech pathologist usually does an assessment to determine the type and severity of the difficulties experienced by the …

What is the role of a Speech Pathologist in Healthcare?

““Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. They work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language. People …