Occupational Therapy for Burns

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

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 burns?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with burns in several ways:

1. Promoting independence:

Occupational therapists work with individuals to regain and enhance their independence in activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, eating, and grooming. They provide strategies and adaptive techniques to overcome challenges posed by burns, such as limited mobility or scar sensitivity.

2. Restoring functional abilities:

Burn injuries often result in loss of range of motion, strength, and dexterity. Occupational therapists help individuals improve their physical abilities through therapeutic exercises and activities that target specific muscles and joints. This can help them regain functional use of their hands, arms, and other affected body parts.

3. Managing pain and scar tissue:

Burns can cause intense pain and discomfort, as well as the formation of scar tissue. Occupational therapists use various pain management techniques such as therapeutic modalities, desensitization exercises, and scar massage to reduce pain, relieve stiffness, and improve scar mobility.

4. Enhancing hand function:

Burn injuries often affect the hands and can lead to decreased grip strength, fine motor skills, and coordination. Occupational therapists employ specialized hand therapy techniques, including strengthening exercises, dexterity training, and functional activities, to improve hand function and fine motor skills required for daily tasks like writing or using tools.

5. Addressing cognitive and psychological issues:

Burn injuries can have a significant impact on an individual’s cognitive functions, memory, attention, and emotional well-being. Occupational therapists may incorporate cognitive retraining and behavioural interventions to help individuals improve their cognitive skills, cope with emotional challenges, and reintegrate into their daily routines and social activities.

6. Providing adaptive equipment and assistive devices:

Occupational therapists evaluate the functional needs of individuals with burns and determine if any adaptive equipment or assistive devices can improve their independence and quality of life. This might include items like special utensils or dressing aids, as well as recommendations for modifications to the home or workplace to accommodate their needs.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance individuals’ physical, psychological, and functional well-being after a burn injury, helping them regain independence and improve their overall quality of life.

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 burns. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for burns

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 burns 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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