Occupational Therapy for Catatonia

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with catatonia. 

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 catatonia?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with catatonia in several ways:

1. Engagement in purposeful activities: Occupational therapists can work with individuals with catatonia to engage in meaningful and purposeful activities. These activities can help promote motivation, cognitive functioning, and sensory integration.

2. Sensory integration: Occupational therapists can use sensory integration techniques to address sensory processing difficulties often seen in individuals with catatonia. This can involve incorporating different sensory experiences, such as activities involving touch, movement, or visual stimulation, to help regulate sensory input.

3. Motor function and coordination: Occupational therapy can address and improve motor function and coordination deficits commonly associated with catatonia. Therapists may use exercise, therapeutic games, or other activities to target specific motor skills and coordination.

4. Daily living skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with catatonia develop or regain skills needed for activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and grooming. They may use adaptive equipment, strategies, and modifications to help individuals become more independent in these activities.

5. Social interaction and communication skills: Occupational therapy can help individuals with catatonia improve social interaction and communication skills. Therapists may use various techniques, such as role-playing, group activities, and social stories, to address difficulties in understanding and responding to social cues.

6. Cognitive and perceptual functioning: Occupational therapists can address cognitive and perceptual impairments commonly seen in individuals with catatonia. They may employ cognitive retraining techniques, memory exercises, problem-solving activities, and visual-perceptual tasks to improve these areas.

7. Environmental modification: Occupational therapists can assess and modify the physical environment to make it more conducive for individuals with catatonia. This may involve minimizing sensory distractions, creating a calming and predictable environment, or providing specialized seating or equipment to assist with positioning and safety.

It is important to note that the specific strategies and interventions used may vary depending on the individual’s needs and goals. Occupational therapists tailor their interventions to address the unique challenges and abilities of each person with catatonia.

Occupational therapy assessments for catatonia

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 catatonia 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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