Occupational Therapy for Acquired Brain Injury

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with acquired brain injury?

Occupational therapy can provide a range of benefits for individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI), including:

1. Functional Independence

Occupational therapists focus on improving activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, and personal hygiene. They help individuals regain independence in these tasks, enabling them to carry out their daily activities with greater ease.

2. Cognitive Rehabilitation

Occupational therapy helps individuals with ABI improve their cognitive skills, such as attention, memory, problem-solving, and processing speed. Therapists use various techniques like memory aids, cognitive exercises, and compensatory strategies to enhance cognitive functioning.

3. Motor Skills Improvement

ABI can lead to impaired motor skills and coordination. Occupational therapy employs various techniques to improve fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and coordination, thereby promoting functional ability in tasks like writing, using utensils, and walking.

4. Sensory Integration

Many individuals with ABI experience sensory processing difficulties, such as hypersensitivity, hyposensitivity, or difficulty integrating sensory information. Occupational therapists use sensory integration techniques to help individuals better process and respond to sensory input, leading to better functional performance.

5. Emotional and Psychological Support

Living with an ABI can lead to emotional and psychological challenges. Occupational therapists offer emotional support and help individuals cope with the psychological aspects of their injury. They may employ techniques like relaxation exercises and stress management to improve emotional well-being.

6. Community Reintegration

Occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals with ABI successfully reintegrate into their communities and engage in meaningful activities. Therapists work on strategies to facilitate participation in work, school, leisure activities, and social interactions, assisting in restoring one’s pre-injury roles and routines.

7. Adaptations and Assistive Technology

Occupational therapists assess the individual’s needs and recommend adaptations to their environment or use of assistive technology. This may include modifications to the home, workplace, or use of assistive devices to enhance independence and safety.

Overall, occupational therapy plays a crucial role in helping individuals with acquired brain injury regain independence, improve functional abilities, enhance cognitive skills, and successfully reintegrate into their communities.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with acquired brain injury. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for acquired brain injury

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients.

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with acquired brain injury in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician.

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.

How does online occupational therapy work?

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.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people 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.

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