Occupational Therapy for Genetic Conditions

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

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 genetic conditions?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with genetic conditions in several ways:

1. Developing skills and abilities: Occupational therapists work with individuals to assess their strengths and limitations, and then create personalized intervention plans. They focus on developing or improving essential skills required for daily activities such as self-care, mobility, learning, and communication. With consistent therapy, individuals with genetic conditions can enhance their functional abilities and become more independent.

2. Adaptive strategies and equipment: Occupational therapists help individuals with genetic conditions explore adaptive strategies and use assistive devices or equipment to compensate for their limitations. For example, they may teach alternative communication methods, provide mobility aids, or recommend modifications to the living environment to improve safety and accessibility.

3. Sensory integration: Many genetic conditions are associated with sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists can provide sensory integration therapy to help individuals better process and respond to sensory stimuli. This can reduce sensory overload or sensitivities, improve attention and focus, and enhance overall regulation and well-being.

4. Fine and gross motor skills: Some genetic conditions may affect motor development and coordination. Occupational therapists use various therapeutic activities and exercises to target fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and strength. By practicing these skills, individuals with genetic conditions can improve their ability to perform daily tasks and participate in meaningful activities.

5. Enhancing cognitive abilities: Genetic conditions may sometimes impact cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, problem-solving, or executive functioning. Occupational therapists can provide cognitive rehabilitation techniques and strategies to enhance these skills. They may employ memory aids, teach compensatory strategies, or engage individuals in specific cognitive exercises to improve cognitive abilities.

6. Self-care and independence: Occupational therapists assist individuals in developing self-care skills such as dressing, grooming, feeding, and personal hygiene. They identify strategies or adaptive equipment that can simplify these tasks and teach techniques for independent completion. Promoting independence in self-care leads to enhanced self-esteem and overall quality of life.

7. Emotional and social support: Occupational therapists provide emotional and social support to individuals with genetic conditions by creating a safe and accepting environment. They may facilitate group activities, peer interactions, or community integration to promote socialization and emotional well-being. Additionally, they may address any emotional or behavioral challenges that individuals may face due to their genetic condition.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to promote functional independence, enhance quality of life, and support overall well-being for individuals with genetic conditions. By targeting specific areas of need, occupational therapists empower individuals to reach their fullest potential and overcome physical and cognitive challenges.

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 genetic conditions. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for genetic conditions

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 genetic conditions 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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