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 …

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 …

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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 …

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, …

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 …