Occupational Therapy for Congenital Disorders

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with congenital 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 congenital disorders?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with congenital disorders in several ways:

1. Promoting independence:

Occupational therapists work with individuals to develop skills and strategies that can help them become more independent in their daily activities. They focus on developing self-care skills, such as dressing, feeding, and grooming, to enhance the individual’s ability to function independently.

2. Enhancing motor skills:

Congenital disorders can often impact an individual’s motor skills, making it difficult to perform tasks such as writing, grasping objects, or coordinating movements. Occupational therapists provide interventions and exercises to improve fine motor skills, gross motor skills, coordination, and strength, enabling individuals to participate in activities they enjoy.

3. Improving cognitive abilities:

Many congenital disorders can affect cognitive abilities, such as attention, memory, problem-solving, and executive functioning skills. Occupational therapists use various techniques and activities to improve cognitive abilities, which can enhance the individual’s ability to learn, communicate, and engage in daily activities.

4. Addressing sensory issues:

Sensory processing difficulties are common in individuals with congenital disorders. Occupational therapists help individuals with sensory challenges by creating sensory diets, which involve incorporating specific sensory input to achieve a more balanced and regulated state. This can help address hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to touch, sound, sight, taste, or smell, improving overall sensory processing.

5. Facilitating social participation:

Congenital disorders may affect an individual’s social skills and ability to engage in meaningful social activities. Occupational therapists can provide interventions and support to develop social skills, including communication, understanding social cues, making friends, and participating in social situations, improving overall social participation and quality of life.

6. Assistive technology and adaptive equipment:

Occupational therapists can help individuals with congenital disorders by assessing their needs and recommending appropriate assistive technology or adaptive equipment. This may include modified utensils, specialized seating, communication devices, or assistive devices that support the individual’s functional abilities and independence.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the individual’s overall quality of life by addressing their unique challenges, enhancing their abilities, and empowering them to participate in meaningful activities to the best of their abilities.

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 congenital disorders. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for congenital 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 congenital 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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