Occupational Therapy for Intellectual Disability

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

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 intellectual disability?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with intellectual disability in several ways:

1. Developing Independence: Occupational therapists work on improving the individual’s ability to perform daily living activities such as self-care skills (e.g., dressing, feeding, personal hygiene) and functional mobility (e.g., walking, using stairs). This helps individuals become more independent, reducing their reliance on others for basic tasks.

2. Enhancing Cognitive Skills: Occupational therapy interventions focus on improving cognitive skills, including attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities. These interventions help individuals with intellectual disability develop and enhance their cognitive abilities, leading to improved learning, communication, and social interactions.

3. Promoting Social Skills: Occupational therapists facilitate the development of social skills through structured interventions and activities. They teach individuals with intellectual disability appropriate social behaviors, communication skills, and social problem-solving techniques. This promotes engagement in social interactions, forming relationships, and participating in community activities.

4. Increasing Fine Motor Skills: Occupational therapy involves exercises and activities that enhance fine motor skills, such as hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and grip strength. These skills are essential for performing tasks like writing, drawing, using utensils, and manipulating objects, increasing the individual’s independence and participation in various activities.

5. Sensory Integration: Many individuals with intellectual disability may have difficulties processing sensory information. Occupational therapists use sensory integration therapy techniques to help individuals regulate sensory input and response, improving attention, self-regulation, and overall emotional well-being.

6. Enhancing Adaptive Behavior: Occupational therapy assists individuals with intellectual disability in developing adaptive behaviors, which are skills necessary for functioning independently in various environments. This includes skills such as time management, organizational skills, money management, and problem-solving abilities.

7. Improving Quality of Life: By addressing the specific needs and goals of individuals with intellectual disability, occupational therapy aims to improve their overall quality of life. Through enhancing daily living skills, increasing independence, and promoting participation in meaningful activities, occupational therapy helps individuals with intellectual disability lead more fulfilling and satisfying lives.

It is important to note that occupational therapy interventions are individualized and based on the unique abilities, needs, and goals of each person with intellectual disability. Therapists work closely with individuals, their families, and caregivers to tailor interventions that effectively address their specific challenges and support their overall development and 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 intellectual disability. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for intellectual disability

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 intellectual disability 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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