Occupational Therapy for Communication Disorders

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

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 communication disorders?

Occupational therapists can work in collaboration with speech therapists to benefit people with communication disorders in several ways:

1. Improving social interaction:

Communication disorders often hinder an individual’s ability to engage in social interactions. Occupational therapists assist in developing social skills, such as turn-taking, active listening, and nonverbal communication, to help individuals better connect with others and participate in social activities.

2. Enhancing sensory integration:

Many communication disorders are associated with sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists address sensory integration issues, such as sensitivity to sound, touch, or visual stimuli, which can impact communication skills. By addressing sensory challenges, individuals can better focus and attend to communication tasks.

3. Addressing cognitive impairments:

Some communication disorders are associated with cognitive impairments, such as difficulties with memory, attention, or problem-solving. Occupational therapists work on cognitive skills through various activities, exercises, and strategies to improve these underlying cognitive abilities, which are essential for effective communication.

4. Utilizing alternative communication methods:

In cases where individuals with communication disorders have limited speech abilities, occupational therapists can introduce augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. These systems include tools like sign language, picture boards, or electronic devices that help individuals express their thoughts and needs effectively.

5. Providing support for individuals and their families:

Occupational therapists offer emotional support and guidance to individuals with communication disorders and their families. They help families understand the disorder, cope with communication challenges, and provide strategies to facilitate communication at home and in various environments.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance an individual’s communication abilities, promote 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 communication disorders. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for communication disorders

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 communication disorders 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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