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 …

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 therapy effective?

A growing body of evidence shows that even for traditionally hands-on services such as physiotherapy, the online delivery of these services can be as effective as face-to-face. Depending on the issue, patients can get the same results from online services as being with a clinician in person, with a number of added benefits such as reduced risk of infection, convenience, …

5 Parenting Tips for Children with Disabilities

Your child has been identified as having support needs classified as a learning disability. Your mind might be racing as you grapple with the newfound knowledge, but what does it mean? What do you need to know as a parent?  What can you do? Here are 5 tips that every parent needs to know, as well as 3 mistakes you …

“Is Umbo a charity?” “No, it’s not. And here’s why…”

We’ve all been there. You’re at a barbecue or a dinner party. You know the host, but not many of the other guests. And then, as inevitable as the going down of the sun, the question arises. “So, what do you do?” For me, answering this question comes with trepidation, not because I’m ashamed of what I do (quite the …

5 reasons why Umbo is a social enterprise

When the three co-founders set up Umbo, we started with a problem in mind – the lack of allied health services in rural communities. We identified that there was a gap in these areas due to market failure. As such, setting up a traditional company seemed illogical. Market failure existed because with limited demand (ie, less people), there was less …

Parenting a Child with Autism: A Reflection

As a parent, it’s important not to beat yourself up about things you wish you could have done in the past. The best course of action for inner peace is to look to the future. However, if we look outwards at what we have done in the past, it can also be helpful for us to use certain experiences to …