Occupational Therapy for Global Developmental Delay

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with global developmental delay. 

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 global developmental delay?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with global developmental delay in several ways:

1. Enhancing motor skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals improve their fine and gross motor skills, such as coordination, balance, and strength, through various therapeutic activities. This can enable them to perform daily tasks more independently and develop greater control over their body movements.

2. Promoting sensory integration: People with global developmental delay often have difficulties processing sensory information. Occupational therapists can use sensory integration techniques to help individuals better process and respond to sensory input, improving their ability to engage with their surroundings and participate in everyday activities.

3. Enhancing self-care skills: Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop and improve self-care skills such as dressing, bathing, and feeding. Through therapy, individuals can learn adaptive techniques and strategies to become more self-sufficient in these areas.

4. Facilitating cognitive development: Occupational therapy interventions can focus on improving cognitive skills such as attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Therapists may utilize specialized activities and games to help individuals develop their cognitive abilities, promoting overall cognitive development.

5. Promoting social and emotional development: Occupational therapists can help individuals with global developmental delay develop social and emotional skills by providing opportunities for interaction and engagement. They may use play-based therapy, social skills training, and other techniques to increase social awareness, develop appropriate behavior, and foster emotional regulation.

6. Supporting academic skills: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing foundational skills necessary for academic success. This may include improving hand-eye coordination for writing and drawing, enhancing visual perception skills, facilitating pencil grasp and manipulation skills, and promoting organizational and planning abilities.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to promote functional independence, maximize engagement and participation in daily activities, and improve overall quality of life for individuals with global developmental delay.

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 global developmental delay. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for global developmental delay

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 global developmental delay 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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