Occupational Therapy for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with fetal alcohol spectrum 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 fetal alcohol spectrum disorders?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) in several ways:

1. Sensory integration: Many individuals with FASDs have sensory processing difficulties, such as being hypersensitive or hyposensitive to certain sensory stimuli. Occupational therapists can help assess and address these sensory challenges through sensory integration therapy. They can provide activities and strategies to help regulate sensory input and improve daily functioning.

2. Motor skills development: FASDs can affect fine and gross motor skills, making tasks like writing, drawing, and coordinating movements challenging. Occupational therapists work to enhance motor skills through therapeutic exercises, adaptive equipment, and activities that promote coordination, balance, and strength.

3. Self-care skills: Individuals with FASDs may struggle with self-care activities like dressing, feeding, and grooming. Occupational therapists can provide strategies, modifications, and training to improve these skills, promote independence, and enhance overall self-esteem.

4. Problem-solving and executive functioning: FASDs can impact executive functioning skills, including problem-solving, organization, planning, and impulse control. Occupational therapists can work on improving these skills through various cognitive strategies, task analysis, and environmental modifications to enhance overall functional abilities.

5. Social skills development: Individuals with FASDs often experience difficulties in social interactions, understanding social cues, and maintaining appropriate behavior. Occupational therapists can provide social skills training, promote social participation, and facilitate the development of appropriate social behaviors and interactions.

6. Environmental adaptations: Occupational therapists can assess the individual’s living environment, school, or workplace to suggest modifications to accommodate their specific needs. This may involve recommending assistive devices, adaptive equipment, or modifications to physical spaces to improve accessibility and safety.

7. Caregiver education and support: Given the chronic nature of FASDs, occupational therapists can educate and support caregivers on understanding the disorder, implementing appropriate strategies, and managing challenges associated with the condition.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a crucial role in improving the quality of life for individuals with FASDs by addressing their specific needs and promoting independence, functionality, and overall well-being.

Occupational therapy assessments for fetal alcohol spectrum 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. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with fetal alcohol spectrum 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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