What happens in an online functional assessment?

Cassandra Doyle, Occupational Therapist What do I need to have available at home? A stable internet connection is important. If you don’t have this available at home, consider using a local library, visiting friends or family, or another alternative. A smart phone, ipad or laptop can be used. A device with a camera will allow us to see you during …

Online Functional Assessments FAQ

Cassandra Doyle, Occupational Therapist What is a functional assessment? A functional assessment is used to provide a detailed overview of your functional strengths and weaknesses, and your care needs. The assessment will typically look at your communication skills, social skills, learning ability, mobility, self-care, and self management skills. As there is a lot to cover, the assessment may happen over …

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 …

School-based therapy sessions: things to consider

Children doing their online therapy sessions at school can be useful for a few reasons; one being that their home environment might mean that after school sessions are difficult to arrange, another being that they may be experiencing more difficulties at school and therefore having sessions at school is more appropriate.  It is up to the school as to whether …

Challenges with toilet training? You might need an Occupational Therapist

Toileting is an important everyday living skill. When toileting is a problem it can make life difficult for the whole family. Toileting challenges may include: bed wetting frequent daytime accidents withholding poop soiling underwear fear around going to the toilet insistent on doing poop in a nappy Toileting challenges can happen to children of all ages. Many parents don’t realise …

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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 …

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What is a mental health occupational therapist? Can I see one online?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist Psychiatrists are medical doctors that have completed additional training in mental health and are able to prescribe medications. Psychologists are allied health professionals who help people overcome psychological problems, often with counselling and talking therapy approaches. Occupational therapists working in mental health aim to assist people to lead …