Occupational Therapy for Blindness

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

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 blindness?

Occupational therapy can provide a range of benefits to people with blindness. Here are a few ways it can help:

1. Adaptive skills training:

Occupational therapists can teach individuals with blindness various skills and techniques to adapt to their environment. This includes teaching them how to navigate their surroundings, use assistive devices (such as white canes or guide dogs), and perform activities of daily living independently.

2. Assistive technology:

Occupational therapists can introduce and train individuals on the use of assistive technology devices specifically designed for people with visual impairment. These may include screen-reading software, speech recognition programs, and braille devices that facilitate communication, education, and employment.

3. Sensory integration:

Blindness can sometimes lead to challenges with sensory processing and integration. Occupational therapists can help individuals develop strategies to enhance their remaining senses and address issues like tactile defensiveness or sensory overload.

4. Emotional and psychological support:

Dealing with blindness can be emotionally challenging. Occupational therapists can provide support to help individuals cope with their new reality, manage any anxiety or depression, and develop coping mechanisms for the emotional impact of their visual impairment.

5. Vocational rehabilitation:

Occupational therapists can assist individuals with blindness in finding and maintaining employment. They can evaluate the individual’s capabilities and limitations, make recommendations for workplace modifications or accommodations, and provide training on specialized job skills tailored to their abilities.

6. Independent living skills:

Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop and enhance their independent living skills, such as meal preparation, organization, money management, and personal care. This helps them maintain their autonomy and improves their overall quality of life.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to maximize the independence, functionality, and overall well-being of individuals with blindness by addressing their unique needs and challenges.

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 blindness. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for blindness

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 blindness 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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