Occupational Therapy for Motor Disorders

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

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 motor disorders?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with motor disorders in several ways:

1. Motor skill development: Occupational therapists focus on improving fine and gross motor skills, coordination, balance, and body awareness through various exercises and activities. This helps individuals improve their ability to perform tasks such as dressing, eating, writing, and daily self-care activities.

2. Adaptive techniques: Occupational therapists teach individuals with motor disorders how to modify their environment or use assistive devices to compensate for their limitations. This may include finding alternative ways to perform activities or adapting tools and equipment to make tasks more manageable.

3. Sensory integration: Many motor disorders are accompanied by sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists use sensory integration techniques and activities to help individuals improve their ability to process and respond to sensory information effectively. This can result in better motor control and coordination.

4. Enhancing independence: Occupational therapy focuses on promoting independence and functional abilities. Therapists work with individuals to set goals and develop strategies to enhance their ability to perform daily activities. They may also provide recommendations for home modifications and adaptations to promote independence and safety.

5. Pain management: Individuals with motor disorders often experience pain and discomfort due to muscle imbalances, poor posture, or movement abnormalities. Occupational therapists can provide pain management techniques such as therapeutic exercises, stretching, and positioning strategies to help alleviate pain and improve overall function.

6. Psychological well-being: Motor disorders can have a significant impact on an individual’s self-esteem, confidence, and mental well-being. Occupational therapists provide support and address psychological aspects by promoting positive coping strategies, stress management techniques, and counseling as needed.

Overall, occupational therapy plays a crucial role in helping individuals with motor disorders improve their motor skills, independence, quality of life, and overall functional abilities.

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 motor disorders. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for motor disorders

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 motor disorders 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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