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Are you struggling to identify the needs of the children in your class? Having trouble finding them the services they need? 

Umbo is a social enterprise that was setup to give children access speech pathology and occupational therapy online - particularly those in rural communities.  


Refer a Child


What is Umbo?

18 months. That’s how long some families in Australia — particularly those in regional or rural areas — must wait to receive quality speech and occupational therapy. 

At Umbo, we aim to start children on our clinical intake process within 1 week of receiving a request for therapy.

Our trained therapists deliver highly effective speech and occupational therapy to anywhere in Australia online, via videolink.

Umbo is social enterprise and a registered NDIS provider. We also cater to private clients.

 

How does Umbo work?

1. CONTACT

Do you know a child who needs speech pathology or occupational therapy? Refer them to us and we’ll point you in the right direction.

2. COLLABORATE

We’ll discuss the child's therapy needs, and how we can best get them connected to speech or occupational therapy online.

3. CONNECT

Get connected to a speech pathologist or occupational therapist online. We aim to do it in under 1 week.

4. CUSTOMISE

We work around the child's needs and schedules to deliver the best outcomes. This could involve our therapists delivering short sessions with parents, techers or being available outside of consultations via phone or text. 


Who can use Umbo?

Children and their families
Umbo helps children and families across Australia access vital therapy services online. We’ll quickly connect you with some of Australia’s best speech pathologists and occupational therapists who have experience with children. 
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Schools and preschools
Teachers are often the first people in a child’s life to notice they are struggling with speech, movement or life skills. Schools and preschools can use Umbo to refer a child and help them find the online therapy services they need.
Refer a child at your school

NDIS providers and support coordinators
Umbo can help find a reliable speech pathologist or occupational therapist for your client. Make a referral and we’ll connect you to the right clinician.
Refer a client

I heart NDIS

We are a registered NDIS provider and we also cater for private clients



Meet some of our therapists

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Jess Smith
Speech Pathologist

Jessica has 20 years experience working with children who have speech, language, fluency and feeding issues. She is passionate about developing and using Australian-specific therapy materials.

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Poorani Balasundaram
Occupational Therapist

For more than 5 years, Poorani has lived and experienced life in rural Australia, working as an Occupational Therapist in various rural locations in Victoria and New South Wales.

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Sarah Wolfel
Occupational Therapist

Sarah has been working as an Occupational Therapist for 13 years in both Darwin and Adelaide, and has experience working with children of all ages with a variety of disabilities and learning difficulties.

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Kizzy Searle
Speech Pathologist

Kizzy is a speech pathologist who has worked in many different environments, from schools and preschools, to homes and recreation centres.

The Umbo Difference

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person receiving therapy leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic. 

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

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What can occupational therapy help with?

Occupational therapy can help people with activities that they do in their everyday life. This includes helping people who have difficulty with:

  • Getting dressed, washing and going to the toilet
  • Concentrating on a task
  • Moving their body how they want to
  • Using hands, including writing, drawing and cutting
  • Mobilising and travelling safely
  • Planning and carrying out chores or jobs
  • Understanding how to count money and create a budget
  • Understanding how to deal with different sights/sounds/textures
  • Managing emotions in appropriate ways

What can speech pathology help with?

Speech pathology can help with any kind of communication or swallowing issue. This includes helping:

  • People who stutter
  • People who have trouble saying or understanding words
  • People with intellectual disabilities or mental illness who have trouble communicating clearly
  • People who use means other than spoken language to communicate
  • People with social language delays/disorders including literacy skills, making friends, exam vocabulary and communication within the community
  • People with eating disorders or who have difficulty chewing
  • Babies who have difficulty feeding, including suspected tongue ties
  • Children having difficulty transitioning to solid foods, “fussy’ eaters

Unsure what a child need?

No problem, just send us an inquiry explaining the difficulties the child is having and we can let you know whether a speech pathologist, occupational therapist or other kind of professional would be most appropriate. It’s better to ask and get a clear answer!



“Umbo assessed children at our pre-school in a matter of weeks. These children could have faced up to 12 months on waiting lists, but with Umbo, they will receive help much quicker.”

Cathryn Albert, Director, Dubbo West Preschool



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