Occupational Therapy for Friedreich’s Ataxia

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with Friedreich’s ataxia. 

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 Friedreich’s ataxia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with Friedreich’s ataxia by addressing the physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges associated with the condition. Here are some ways in which occupational therapy can be beneficial:

1. Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Devices: Occupational therapists can assess the individual’s functional abilities and recommend adaptive equipment or assistive devices to compensate for mobility and coordination issues. This can include mobility aids like walkers, canes, or wheelchairs, as well as specialized utensils or adapted keyboards for daily activities.

2. Functional Mobility Training: Occupational therapists can provide specific exercises and techniques to improve balance, coordination, and strength, allowing individuals with Friedreich’s ataxia to maintain maximum independence and mobility. These may include gait training, therapeutic exercises, and recommendations for physical activity programs.

3. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Training: Occupational therapists can help individuals maintain independence in activities of daily living such as dressing, grooming, eating, and bathing. They may provide strategies to adapt the environment to make these tasks easier and teach compensatory techniques to overcome physical limitations.

4. Cognitive and Perceptual Rehabilitation: Friedreich’s ataxia can also affect cognitive function and perception. Occupational therapists may offer cognitive exercises and strategies to address attention, memory, problem-solving, and executive function difficulties. They may also help with environmental modifications to enhance safety and reduce sensory overload.

5. Energy Conservation and Fatigue Management: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with Friedreich’s ataxia energy conservation techniques to optimize their daily activities while reducing fatigue. This includes pacing oneself, organizing tasks efficiently, and using energy-saving devices or techniques.

6. Psychosocial Support: Occupational therapists can provide emotional support and counseling to individuals with Friedreich’s ataxia, addressing the psychological impact of the condition. They may assist with coping strategies, stress management techniques, and facilitating social participation to enhance overall well-being.

Overall, occupational therapy focuses on maximizing independence, improving quality of life, and maintaining functional abilities for individuals with Friedreich’s ataxia. The specific interventions will vary depending on the individual’s needs and goals, and can play a crucial role in managing the challenges associated with this condition.

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 Friedreich’s ataxia. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for Friedreich’s ataxia

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 Friedreich’s ataxia 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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