Occupational Therapy for Developmental Coordination Disorder

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with developmental coordination disorder. 

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 developmental coordination disorder?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) in several ways:

1. Enhancing motor skills:

Occupational therapists can help improve motor skills such as balance, coordination, and fine and gross motor skills. They use various therapeutic activities and exercises to help individuals with DCD develop and strengthen these skills.

2. Improving sensory processing:

Many individuals with DCD also have sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists can help them improve their sensory processing abilities by providing sensory integration therapy or recommending sensory strategies to enhance their daily functioning.

3. Enhancing self-care skills:

Occupational therapy focuses on improving activities of daily living (ADL) skills, such as dressing, grooming, feeding, and toileting. By working on these skills, individuals with DCD can become more independent and confident in performing self-care tasks.

4. Promoting social participation:

DCD can often impact a person’s ability to interact with peers and engage in social activities. Occupational therapists can help individuals develop social skills, such as turn-taking, sharing, and following instructions, to foster positive peer interactions and improve social participation.

5. Improving academic performance:

DCD can affect academic achievement due to difficulties with tasks requiring fine motor skills, handwriting, organization, and attention. Occupational therapists can work with individuals with DCD to improve these skills and develop strategies to enhance their academic performance.

6. Addressing emotional and behavioural challenges:

Individuals with DCD may experience frustration, low self-esteem, and behavioural issues due to their motor challenges. Occupational therapists can provide strategies, such as relaxation techniques and emotional regulation strategies, to address these emotional and behavioral challenges.

7. Collaborating with parents and educators:

Occupational therapists work closely with parents and educators to develop individualized treatment plans, recommend environmental modifications, and provide strategies to support the individual’s needs at home, school, and community settings.

Overall, occupational therapy can significantly benefit people with developmental coordination disorder by improving their motor skills, enhancing sensory processing, promoting independence in daily activities, facilitating social participation, improving academic performance, addressing emotional and behavioural challenges, and providing support to parents and educators.

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 developmental coordination disorder. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for developmental coordination disorder

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 developmental coordination disorder 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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