How does social media impact teenagers’ mental health and social skills?

Karen Lim, Speech Pathologist Social media has become a significant part of teenagers’ lives, providing a platform for connection, sharing, and exploration. However, along with its benefits, social media also brings potential negative impacts on teenagers’ mental health and social skills. As speech pathologists and parents, understanding these impacts and implementing strategies to mitigate potential harms are crucial for supporting …

How can I help my child who has a stutter?

Aaron Puller, Speech Pathologist What is stuttering? Stuttering is a complex speech disorder of the fluency or rhythm of speech. While the exact cause of stuttering is still debated among researchers, contemporary theories suggest a combination of genetic, neurological, and environmental factors may play a role in its development. Stuttering usually starts between 2 and 6 years of age. Many …

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Why we celebrate neurodiversity at Umbo

Alisa Lingham, Speech Pathologist The word “neurodiversity” is used to describe the differences in how people may think and feel, based on how their brains function. Just like how we all have unique one-of-a-kind faces and fingerprints, as humans we also all have unique brains. No two brains are exactly alike – not even the brains of identical twins!  Neurodiversity …

What does a Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) entail?

When you’re preparing for an NDIS Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA), you can expect a thorough and personalised process to help you access the NDIS scheme, apply for additional funding, or address changes in your circumstances. You will be working with an Occupational Therapist (OT) who provides quality, holistic evaluation of your needs to help the NDIS understand why and how …

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Online Assistive Technology (AT) Assessment

Carla Minnican, Occupational Therapist What is an Assistive Technology Assessment? Assistive technology encompasses all products, equipment, and systems that enhance learning, working and daily living for a person with disabilities. AT can be low-tech, high-tech, customised, or basic. An AT assessment is the process you undergo with one of our expert OTs to explore the best AT solutions for you. …

Online Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA)

Carla Minnican, Occupational Therapist What is a Functional Capacity Assessment? Functional Capacity Assessments provide a comprehensive, holistic, and person-centred summary of the support you may require. They are conducted online by our expert telehealth occupational therapists and outline a variety of recommendations to improve independence and well-being. These may include recommendations to undergo further assessments, such as assistive technology assessments, …

Online Supported Independent Living (SIL) Assessments

Carla Minnican, Occupational Therapist What is a Supported Independent Living Assessment? Support Independent Living (or ‘SIL’) refers to the supports a person requires to live independently within their home. The aim of a SIL assessment is to determine your eligibility and document the level of assisted living you may require. These assessments may be completed alongside a functional capacity assessment …

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Sensory Processing

Tegan Court, Occupational Therapist What is Sensory Processing? Essentially this term is used to refer to how our body interprets and processing information from around us. It is the way the brain received, organises and responds to particular pieces of sensory information. This is important so that we make informed judgements on how to respond next and improve our performance …

Early Childhood Intervention

Alisa Lingham, Speech Pathologist Early Childhood Intervention is the name used to describe therapy services for children with developmental delay and/or disabilities who are aged between 0 and 7 years.  What does therapy in Early Childhood Intervention look like? Therapy is based on what works best for you and your individual family. Therapists work together in partnership with you and …