Occupational Therapy for Epilepsy

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

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 epilepsy?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with epilepsy in several ways:

1. Enhancing daily living skills: Occupational therapists help individuals develop and improve their daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, eating, and grooming. This can be particularly important for people with epilepsy who may have weakened motor skills, coordination difficulties, or other physical limitations due to seizures or anti-epileptic medications.

2. Addressing cognitive challenges: Epilepsy can sometimes be associated with cognitive impairments such as memory problems, attention deficits, and difficulties with problem-solving. Occupational therapists work with individuals to develop strategies and techniques to manage these challenges and enhance cognitive abilities.

3. Managing sensory issues: Some individuals with epilepsy may experience sensory issues, including hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to certain stimuli. Occupational therapists can develop sensory integration strategies to help manage these issues, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being.

4. Improving fine motor skills: Seizures can affect fine motor skills, making it challenging for individuals to perform tasks requiring manual dexterity like writing, using utensils, or operating small objects. Occupational therapists can provide targeted interventions to develop and improve fine motor skills, allowing individuals to engage in activities of daily living more independently.

5. Enhancing social participation: Epilepsy can sometimes lead to social isolation and difficulties in participating in meaningful activities due to the stigma and unpredictable nature of seizures. Occupational therapists can work with individuals to address these challenges and facilitate social participation by developing coping strategies, improving social interaction skills, and promoting community engagement.

6. Developing stress and anxiety management techniques: Epilepsy and the fear of having seizures can cause anxiety, stress, and reduced quality of life. Occupational therapists can teach relaxation techniques, stress management strategies, and coping mechanisms to help individuals manage their emotions and reduce anxiety related to seizures.

Overall, occupational therapy focuses on enabling individuals with epilepsy to achieve a better quality of life by developing skills, managing challenges, and promoting independence in their daily lives.

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 epilepsy. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for epilepsy

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 epilepsy 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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