Occupational Therapy for Angelman Syndrome

Our occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with Angelman syndrome. 

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 Angelman syndrome?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with Angelman syndrome in several ways:

1. Developing fine motor skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with Angelman syndrome improve their fine motor skills, such as grasping objects, writing, self-feeding, and using utensils. These skills are important for functional independence in activities of daily living.

2. Enhancing sensory integration: Individuals with Angelman syndrome often have sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists can work on sensory integration techniques to help regulate sensory input and improve motor planning skills. This can help reduce sensory sensitivities and improve overall sensory awareness.

3. Promoting communication skills: Communication challenges are common in individuals with Angelman syndrome. Occupational therapists can work on developing alternative communication strategies, such as sign language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, or visual supports. They can also help facilitate the use of gestures and body language for effective communication.

4. Improving self-help skills: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with Angelman syndrome in developing self-care skills, such as dressing, bathing, toileting, grooming, and hygiene. They can provide strategies and modifications to make these activities more manageable and increase independence.

5. Facilitating social skills: Occupational therapists can work on social skills training to help individuals with Angelman syndrome interact with others, initiate and maintain social relationships, and understand social cues and norms. They can also create opportunities for peer interactions and group activities to foster social participation.

6. Addressing sensory-motor difficulties: Many individuals with Angelman syndrome have motor coordination and balance challenges. Occupational therapists can provide interventions to improve their gross motor skills, such as sitting, standing, walking, and climbing stairs. They may also use adaptive equipment or assistive devices to enhance mobility and promote safe movement.

7. Enhancing cognitive abilities: Occupational therapists can utilize various cognitive strategies and interventions to support individuals with Angelman syndrome in enhancing attention, problem-solving, decision-making, memory, and executive functions. They can provide structured activities and environmental modifications to optimize cognitive performance.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a pivotal role in maximizing the functional abilities and quality of life for individuals with Angelman syndrome by addressing their specific needs and promoting independence in various areas of daily living.

Occupational therapy assessments for Angelman syndrome

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 Angelman syndrome 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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