Occupational Therapy for Deaf Adults & Children

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults who are deaf. 

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 who are deaf?

Occupational therapists can work in collaboration with speech therapists to benefit people who are deaf in several ways:

1. Sensory Integration:

Occupational therapists can work with individuals with deafness to improve their sensory integration skills. They can provide activities and techniques to help individuals process and integrate information from their other senses, such as touch, vision, and proprioception. This can aid in creating a more comprehensive understanding of the environment and promote overall sensory awareness and development.

3. Daily Living Skills:

Occupational therapists can assist individuals with deafness in developing and refining essential daily living skills. These skills may include self-care activities (e.g., dressing, grooming, and feeding) and instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., cooking, cleaning, and managing personal finances). By enhancing these skills, individuals can gain independence and improve their ability to participate in various aspects of daily life.

4. Assistive Technology:

Occupational therapists can help individuals with deafness explore and utilize various assistive devices and technologies. This may include hearing aids, cochlear implants, captioned telephones, visual alarms, or vibrating alert systems. By identifying and implementing appropriate assistive technologies, occupational therapists can enhance communication, safety, and overall functioning.

5. Vocational Rehabilitation:

Occupational therapists can support individuals with deafness in obtaining and maintaining employment. They can assist in identifying suitable job opportunities, developing job-related skills, and providing strategies to overcome any workplace barriers related to deafness. Additionally, they may advocate for workplace accommodations to ensure equal opportunities and a conducive work environment.

6. Psychosocial Support:

Occupational therapists can provide psychosocial support to individuals with deafness. They can address emotional and mental health challenges related to deafness, such as social isolation, low self-esteem, or depression. Through counseling, support groups, and other therapeutic techniques, occupational therapists can help individuals cope with the psychological impact of deafness and build resilience.

Overall, occupational therapy plays a crucial role in improving the overall well-being and independence of individuals with deafness by addressing specific challenges related to communication, sensory processing, daily living, employment, and psychological aspects.

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 deafness. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for deafness

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 deafness 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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