Occupational Therapy for Behavioural Disorders

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

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 behavioural disorders?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with behavioural disorders in several ways:

1. Improved self-regulation and emotional management:

Occupational therapists help individuals develop skills to manage their emotions, reduce impulsive behaviour, and develop appropriate coping strategies. They provide interventions to teach relaxation techniques, self-calming strategies, and ways to identify and regulate emotions effectively.

2. Enhancing social skills:

Occupational therapists work on developing and improving social skills such as communication, cooperation, empathy, and problem-solving to help individuals with behavioural disorders engage with others more effectively. They may use social stories, role-playing, and group activities to facilitate social interactions and improve relationships.

3. Structured routine and organization skills:

Occupational therapists help individuals establish structured routines that provide a sense of predictability and stability, which can help reduce behavioural difficulties. They teach organizational strategies, time management techniques, and planning skills to improve an individual’s ability to function independently and follow expectations.

4. Sensory integration and self-regulation:

Occupational therapists address sensory processing difficulties commonly present in individuals with behavioural disorders. They identify sensory triggers and provide sensory integration therapy to help individuals regulate their responses and achieve an optimal level of arousal.

5. Adaptive strategies and environmental modifications:

Occupational therapists assess an individual’s environment and identify modifications that can optimize functioning and reduce behavioural concerns. This may include recommending assistive devices, visual schedules, adaptive equipment, or environmental changes to support daily activities.

6. Collaborating with caregivers and educators:

Occupational therapists work closely with caregivers and educators to provide strategies and support within various settings. They help caregivers understand the challenges faced by individuals with behavioural disorders and provide them with techniques to promote positive behaviour and effective communication.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve an individual’s ability to participate in daily activities, enhance their functional skills, and promote independence while addressing behavioural challenges associated with various disorders.

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 behavioural disorders. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for behavioural disorders

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. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with behavioural disorders 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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