online speech therapy

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 …

mental health occupational therapist

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 …

How to demonstrate your NDIS plan has been extended or rolled over

When you receive services with Umbo we will ask you to sign a contract that ends on the same date as your NDIS plan. To avoid disrupting your sessions by waiting for your new NDIS plan, if you’re able to show us proof of the plan being extended or rolled over, we can extend your current contract in order to …

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 …

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 …

The Benefits of Bilingualism

Bilingualism is being fluent in understanding and speaking two languages. There are more bilingual and multilingual people in the world than there are monolinguals. Australia alone – being one of the most diverse and multicultural countries in the world – houses over 300 different languages that are spoken in the home environment.  As a speech pathologist trained, living and working …

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 …

Is online speech and occupational therapy effective?

Ed Johnson, Clinical Innovation Advisor A growing body of evidence shows that even for traditionally hands-on supports like handwriting therapy or swallowing assessments, online speech and occupational therapy can be as effective as in-person therapy. Just as importantly, this article tells us that families of kids with disabilities in particular want timely and high-quality support whether it’s online or in-person: …