Occupational Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

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

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 cerebral palsy?

Occupational therapy can offer several benefits to individuals with cerebral palsy. Here are some ways in which it can help:

1. Developing fine motor skills:

Occupational therapy focuses on improving dexterity and coordination, helping individuals with cerebral palsy enhance their ability to manage tasks that involve fine motor skills such as buttoning clothes or using utensils.

2. Enhancing daily living skills:

Occupational therapists assist individuals with cerebral palsy in developing or improving their abilities to perform daily activities independently. This may include dressing, grooming, feeding, or using the bathroom.

3. Improving sensory integration:

Individuals with cerebral palsy often have sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists can help in creating a sensory-rich environment and engage in sensory integration activities to enhance awareness and responsiveness to sensations.

4. Promoting mobility and physical function:

Occupational therapy can provide techniques and interventions to increase mobility and physical function for individuals with cerebral palsy. They may use assistive devices, orthotics, or adaptive equipment to improve balance, posture, and walking.

5. Enhancing cognitive skills:

Occupational therapists can work on improving cognitive abilities for individuals with cerebral palsy. They may use activities such as puzzles, memory games, or problem-solving tasks to enhance attention, memory, and cognitive skills.

6. Supporting communication and social skills:

Occupational therapy can help individuals with cerebral palsy improve their communication and social interaction abilities. Therapists may use various strategies such as visual aids, alternative communication methods, or social skills training to foster effective communication and social engagement.

7. Addressing emotional well-being:

Occupational therapists also focus on emotional well-being. They can help individuals with cerebral palsy develop coping strategies, manage stress, and build self-esteem, while addressing any psychological or emotional challenges they might face.

It’s important to note that occupational therapy is individualized and tailored to each person’s specific needs and goals. The therapist will assess an individual’s abilities, challenges, and areas of focus to create a personalized treatment plan to maximize their functional independence and 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 cerebral palsy. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for cerebral palsy

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 cerebral palsy 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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