Occupational therapy assessments online, Australia-wide
Umbo provides occupational therapy assessments for children and adults online, via videolink. We are a registered NDIS provider and can provide assessments for NDIS participants and private clients.
What types of occupational therapy assessments can be done online?
Our therapists specialise in delivering high quality occupational therapy assessments online. We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online for both adults and children, including:
- Activities of daily living
- Functional assessments (sometimes called Functional Capacity Assessments)
- Motor assessments
- Fine and gross motor
- Visuo-motor integration (testing coordination)
- Sensory assessments
- Sensory processing and integration
- Developmental assessments (to measure where someone is in regard to developmental milestones)
- Social/emotional assessments
- Cognition/adaptive behaviour assessments
- Assistive Technology (AT) assessments
- Housing options assessments
- Manual handling assessments
- Energy conservation and fatigue management assessments
Is an online assessment suitable for my disability?
Most disabilities, and their associated functional impairments, can be assessed online. At Umbo, we work with people of all different ages (children to older adults). Some of the disabilities we see include:
- Cognitive impairment (Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Learning Disability, and more)
- Physical disability (Spinal cord injuries, Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy and more)
- Psychosocial disability (Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder and more)
- Mental health (Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and more)
- Neurological disorders (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis)
- Neurodiverse individuals (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder)
How does an occupational therapist do an online assessment?
It depends on the type of assessment. Our occupational therapists use a variety of methods to collect information online, increasing the accuracy of the assessments and therapist observations. For example:
- Some assessments, including questionnaire style assessments, can be completed with online assessment forms or tools.
- Observation based assessments will rely more on virtual (Zoom) meetings, videos and photos, as well as input from others in your care team.
- Taking photos of your home environment can be useful if home access is an issue.
- Using your smartphone or tablet to take recordings, as discussed with your therapist. This could include recording your walking, transfers, and any functional tasks (like making a cup of tea).
- Your therapist can also work alongside other professionals who see you in person. You may have an in-person physio or home visiting support workers who can provide further information.
Can I submit an online assessment to the NDIS?
Yes! Reports from online assessments can be submitted as part of an application to access the NDIS, or as part of a plan review. We commonly see clients wanting an assessment to help the NDIS understand their disability and care needs better. The assessment and recommendations can help advocate for what you need in their next plan review to meet your goals. Our therapists can provide a full written report once your assessment is complete.
We are a registered NDIS provider.
We can provide assessments for new NDIS applications and plan reviews.
Meet some of our therapists
Elly graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Deakin University, Geelong. She grew up and worked in rural Victoria and witnessed the challenges that exist in the delivery of rural healthcare. Therefore, she is passionate about making a difference in this population.
Sooyeon is an occupational therapist who has worked independently and as a member of multidisciplinary teams mainly with elders, children, young people and their families. She believes we all need co-regulator in our lives and co-regulation happens through relationships.
Emily is an occupational therapist who has worked and trained in various paediatric and adult settings within hospitals, schools, preschools, aged care and home environments including rural community health, acute adolescent mental health and outpatient care.
Megan is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in clinical mental health and community OT services. She has worked across hospital based and community public mental health services in Australia, the UK and Ireland, holding both clinical and leadership roles within health services.
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 you on our clinical intake process within 1 week of receiving your request for therapy.
Our trained therapists deliver highly effective speech and occupational therapy to anywhere in Australia online, via videolink.
Umbo is a social enterprise and a registered NDIS provider. We also cater to private clients.
“Being introduced to Umbo was a lifesaver”
Unsure what you need?
No problem, just send us an inquiry explaining the difficulties that you/your child/your family member 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!