Occupational Therapy for Huntington’s Disease

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with Huntington’s disease. 

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 Huntington’s disease?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with Huntington’s disease in several ways:

1. Functional independence: Occupational therapists help individuals with Huntington’s disease maintain and enhance their ability to perform daily activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, eating, and cooking. They provide strategies and adaptive techniques to compensate for difficulties in movement, coordination, and cognition.

2. Adaptive equipment and assistive technology: Occupational therapists assess the individual’s needs and recommend appropriate adaptive equipment and assistive technology to promote independence and safety. This may include items like specialized utensils, grab bars, shower chairs, or communication devices.

3. Cognitive and memory support: As Huntington’s disease often affects cognition and memory, occupational therapists provide interventions to improve cognitive skills such as attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. They can create memory aids and assist in developing compensatory strategies to manage cognitive challenges.

4. Energy conservation and activity pacing: Occupational therapists help individuals with Huntington’s disease optimize their energy levels and learn how to balance activities throughout the day. By addressing fatigue management and teaching activity pacing techniques, individuals can engage in activities and conserve energy for important tasks.

5. Environmental modifications: Occupational therapists assess the individual’s home, work, and community environments to identify any barriers or hazards. They suggest modifications, such as rearranging furniture, installing handrails, or removing clutter, to improve safety and functional independence.

6. Emotional and social support: Occupational therapists provide emotional and social support to individuals and their families, recognizing the impact Huntington’s disease can have on their quality of life. They may offer counseling, coping strategies, and support networks to help individuals adjust to the physical, cognitive, and emotional changes associated with the disease.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the individual’s overall quality of life and maximize their independence by addressing specific challenges posed by Huntington’s disease.

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 Huntington’s disease. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for Huntington’s disease

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 Huntington’s disease 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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