Occupational Therapy for Deafblindness

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with deafblindness and their families. 

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 deafblindness?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with deafblindness in several ways:

1. Sensory integration:

Occupational therapists can help individuals with deafblindness develop ways to better understand and integrate their sensory information. They can work on techniques to better process and interpret sensory input, such as touch, proprioception, and smell, to enhance their overall awareness and participation in daily activities.

2. Communication skills:

Deafblind individuals often face challenges with communication due to the absence or limited use of sight and hearing. Occupational therapists can assist by teaching and facilitating alternative communication methods, such as tactile signing, braille, or the use of assistive technology. These skills can enable individuals with deafblindness to express themselves, understand others, and engage in meaningful interactions.

3. Adaptive strategies:

Occupational therapists can help people with deafblindness develop adaptive strategies to overcome challenges in daily living. They can work on identifying environmental modifications, tools, and techniques that help compensate for sensory impairments. For example, adapting lighting conditions, organizing and labelling items for easy access, or teaching alternative ways to carry out daily tasks.

4. Independent living skills:

Occupational therapy focuses on promoting independence and enhancing functional abilities. Occupational therapists can work with individuals with deafblindness to develop and improve skills related to self-care, mobility, cooking, cleaning, and other essential activities of daily living. They may employ different methods such as task simplification, task analysis, and step-by-step instruction to maximize independence.

5. Psychosocial support:

Deafblindness often leads to social isolation and mental health challenges. Occupational therapists can provide emotional support and help individuals with deafblindness develop coping strategies to deal with feelings of frustration, loneliness, or depression. They may also facilitate engagement in social activities or connect individuals with deafblindness to support groups and resources.

By addressing sensory integration, communication skills, adaptive strategies, independent living skills, and psychosocial support, occupational therapy can significantly contribute to the overall quality of life and independence of individuals with deafblindness.

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 deafblindness. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for deafblindness

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 deafblindness 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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