Occupational Therapy for Autism

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with autism. 

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 autism?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with autism in several ways:

1. Sensory Integration:

Occupational therapists work on improving sensory processing and integration skills in individuals with autism. They develop strategies to regulate sensory input, manage sensory sensitivities, and improve sensory processing abilities. This can help in reducing sensory overload, improving attention, and enhancing the individual’s ability to function in various environments.

2. Daily Living Skills:

Occupational therapists assist in developing and improving essential life skills such as dressing, toileting, eating, and personal hygiene. They focus on teaching adaptive techniques and strategies that promote independence and self-care abilities.

3. Social Skills:

Occupational therapists facilitate the development of social skills in individuals with autism. They use a variety of interventions, such as social stories, role-playing, and group therapy, to enhance social communication, emotional regulation, and social interaction skills.

4. Fine and Gross Motor Skills:

Occupational therapists work on improving fine motor skills (such as handwriting, cutting, buttoning) and gross motor skills (such as balance, coordination, and movement) in individuals with autism. These skills are crucial for performing everyday tasks, participating in sports or recreational activities, and enhancing overall independence.

5. Behaviour Management:

Occupational therapists help individuals with autism learn self-regulation techniques and develop coping strategies to manage challenging behaviours. They provide behavioural interventions to promote adaptive behaviours, as well as address sensory triggers for certain behaviours.

6. Environmental Modifications:

Occupational therapists assess the individual’s home, school, work, or community environment and provide recommendations for modifications or adaptations to enhance accessibility, safety, and participation in daily activities.

7. School and Work Skills:

Occupational therapists collaborate with teachers, parents, and employers to support the inclusion of individuals with autism in school and work environments. They develop strategies, accommodations, and modifications to ensure successful engagement and participation in academic tasks or work responsibilities.

Overall, occupational therapy plays a crucial role in enhancing functional abilities, independence, and overall quality of life for individuals with autism by focusing on their unique needs and promoting their engagement in meaningful activities.

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 autism. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for autism

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 autism 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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