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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 …

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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 …

Fine and Gross Motor Development Checklist

Tegan Court, Occupational Therapist The following table shows the key developmental indicators for fine and gross motor skills at different ages: Age Key Developmental Indicators Birth – 3 Months Baby is beginning to smile at peopleLooks at faces and makes eye contactBaby responds to sights and soundsBaby can hold their head up and begin to push when lying on their …

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 …

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 …

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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 …