Occupational Therapy for Kennedy’s Disease

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with Kennedy’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 Kennedy’s disease?

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

1. Daily living skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with Kennedy’s disease develop strategies and skills to maintain independence in activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. They may provide adaptive equipment or modifications to enable individuals to continue performing these tasks despite muscle weakness and difficulties with coordination and fine motor skills.

2. Energy conservation techniques: Individuals with Kennedy’s disease often experience fatigue due to muscle weakness and inefficiency in movement patterns. Occupational therapists can teach energy conservation techniques that help individuals conserve their energy throughout the day, enabling them to engage in meaningful activities while reducing fatigue.

3. Compensatory strategies: Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop compensatory strategies that allow them to continue engaging in activities they enjoy, despite physical limitations. This may involve teaching alternative ways of performing tasks or using adaptive equipment, such as assistive devices for eating, writing, or grooming.

4. Adaptive equipment and assistive technology: Occupational therapists can assess the needs of individuals with Kennedy’s disease and recommend or prescribe adaptive equipment and assistive technology as needed. This may include wheelchair modifications, specialized computer software or devices, or home modifications to enhance accessibility and safety.

5. Home management and safety: Occupational therapists can help individuals with Kennedy’s disease optimize their living environment by providing recommendations for home modifications, assistive devices, and safety strategies. This can reduce the risk of falls, enhance accessibility, and promote independence within the home.

6. Mental and emotional well-being: Occupational therapists play a crucial role in addressing the psychological impact of Kennedy’s disease. They can incorporate strategies to support mental and emotional well-being, such as counseling, stress management, coping techniques, and suggestions for engaging in meaningful activities that promote a sense of purpose and satisfaction.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to maximize the functional independence and quality of life for individuals with Kennedy’s disease by addressing their physical, psychological, and social needs. The therapy is tailored to each individual’s specific strengths and limitations, empowering them to live as independently and meaningfully as possible.

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

Assessments for Kennedy’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 Kennedy’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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