Occupational Therapy for Hemiplegia

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

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 hemiplegia?

Occupational therapy can provide several benefits to people with hemiplegia, which is paralysis or difficulty moving on one side of the body. Here are some ways occupational therapy can help:

1. Improve strength and mobility: Occupational therapists can design specific exercises and activities to target and strengthen the affected side of the body. Through repetitive practice, they can help individuals regain movement and increase overall strength and endurance.

2. Enhance motor skills and coordination: Occupational therapy can focus on improving fine motor skills, such as writing, buttoning clothes, or using utensils. Therapists use various techniques like constraint-induced movement therapy or mirror therapy to facilitate motor recovery and enhance coordination.

3. Promote independence in daily activities: Occupational therapists work towards helping individuals with hemiplegia regain independence in their everyday activities. They may assist in relearning basic skills like grooming, dressing, bathing, and using adaptive devices to compensate for any physical limitations.

4. Adapt the environment: Another benefit of occupational therapy is helping individuals modify their living or work environment to accommodate their specific needs. This may involve rearranging furniture, installing grab bars, or providing assistive devices to improve accessibility and safety.

5. Address cognitive and emotional needs: Occupational therapists also address cognitive and emotional challenges that may arise alongside hemiplegia. They can provide strategies to improve memory, attention, problem-solving, and emotional regulation, thereby supporting overall mental well-being.

6. Utilize assistive technology: Occupational therapists can introduce and train individuals with hemiplegia to use assistive devices and technology that can aid in compensating for their physical limitations. This may include specially designed utensils, splints, mobility aids, or electronic devices to enhance communication or independence.

7. Provide support for family and caregivers: Occupational therapists can educate and train family members and caregivers on how to assist and support individuals with hemiplegia. They provide strategies to facilitate engagement, offer emotional support, and suggest techniques that can be incorporated into daily routines.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the quality of life for people with hemiplegia by optimizing their independence, functional abilities, and overall well-being.

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 hemiplegia. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for hemiplegia

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 hemiplegia 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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