Occupational Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with chronic fatigue syndrome. 

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 chronic fatigue syndrome?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in several ways:

1. Energy conservation techniques:

Occupational therapists can teach individuals with CFS how to conserve their energy throughout daily activities by pacing themselves, prioritizing tasks, and using adaptive equipment and strategies. This helps individuals manage their limited energy levels more effectively, preventing exhaustion and conserving energy for essential activities.

2. Activity pacing:

Occupational therapists can help individuals with CFS develop a balanced routine by breaking tasks into smaller, manageable chunks and incorporating rest breaks. This strategy helps individuals stay engaged in meaningful activities while avoiding overexertion and post-exertional malaise.

3. Sleep management:

Occupational therapists can provide strategies to improve sleep quality and quantity, as sleep disturbances are common in people with CFS. They may suggest sleep hygiene practices, relaxation techniques, or assistive devices to create a calming environment conducive to sleep.

4. Occupational engagement:

Occupational therapists aim to promote engagement in meaningful activities as an essential part of overall well-being. They help individuals identify activities they enjoy and find meaningful, adapting them as needed to accommodate the limitations imposed by CFS. By engaging in purposeful activities, individuals can enhance their overall quality of life despite their illness.

5. Cognitive strategies:

CFS often involves cognitive impairments like brain fog, difficulty concentrating, and memory problems. Occupational therapists can provide cognitive strategies and aids to improve cognitive functions, such as memory aids, visual cues, or techniques to enhance focus and attention.

6. Emotional support and self-management:

Occupational therapists can offer emotional support to individuals with CFS, helping them cope with the challenges and limitations of their condition. They may provide guidance on stress management techniques, problem-solving skills, and self-care strategies to promote self-management.

Overall, occupational therapy can empower individuals with CFS to manage their symptoms, conserve energy, engage in meaningful activities, and improve their overall functioning and well-being.

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 chronic fatigue syndrome. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for chronic fatigue syndrome

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 chronic fatigue syndrome 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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