Occupational Therapy for Functional Neurological Disorder

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with functional neurological 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 functional neurological disorder?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with functional neurological disorder (FND) in several ways:

1. Education and understanding: Occupational therapists can help individuals with FND understand the condition and its causes. They can provide information about the relationship between physical symptoms and psychological factors, helping reduce anxiety and fear related to the condition. This understanding can empower individuals to better manage their symptoms.

2. Functional improvement: Occupational therapists focus on improving daily functioning and independence in meaningful activities. They can help individuals develop strategies to manage and adapt to the challenges posed by FND. This may involve teaching energy conservation techniques, pacing, and task modification to minimize symptoms while engaging in activities of daily living.

3. Sensory integration: Some individuals with FND experience sensory disturbances or heightened sensitivity to certain stimuli. Occupational therapists can help individuals develop strategies to manage sensory overload and improve sensory integration, such as through desensitization techniques and environmental modifications.

4. Cognitive and emotional support: FND may impact cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and problem-solving. Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop compensatory strategies to manage these cognitive challenges. Additionally, occupational therapists can provide emotional support and coping strategies to help individuals manage stress, which can exacerbate FND symptoms.

5. Graded exposure and rehabilitation: Occupational therapists can help individuals gradually and safely reintroduce activities that may be associated with FND symptoms. This process, called graded exposure or graded activity, aims to increase tolerance and confidence in engaging in activities that were previously avoided due to fear or symptoms.

6. Self-care management: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in learning self-care techniques, such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness, and stress management, which can help reduce the occurrence and severity of FND symptoms.

7. Collaborative approach: Occupational therapists often work as part of a multidisciplinary team. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and physicians, to ensure a holistic and comprehensive approach to managing FND.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance the quality of life of individuals with FND by improving function, reducing disability, and facilitating engagement in meaningful activities.

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 functional neurological disorder. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for functional neurological 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. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with functional neurological 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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