Occupational Therapy for Motor Neurone Disease

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with motor neurone 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 motor neurone disease?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with motor neurone disease (MND) in several ways:

1. Maintaining and improving independence: Occupational therapists can assess a person’s abilities and help them develop strategies to maintain independence in activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating. They may suggest assistive devices or modifications to the environment to make tasks easier and safer.

2. Enhancing mobility and physical functioning: As MND affects motor control, occupational therapists can prescribe exercises and provide recommendations to maintain or improve mobility and physical functioning. They may suggest adaptive equipment such as braces, splints, or wheelchairs to promote mobility and safety.

3. Managing fatigue and energy conservation: Occupational therapists can help individuals with MND learn energy conservation techniques to better manage daily activities. They can teach pacing techniques, recommend modifications to activities, and suggest equipment to reduce the energy expenditure required for completing tasks.

4. Swallowing and communication: MND can lead to difficulties with swallowing and speech. Occupational therapists can collaborate with speech and language therapists to provide strategies and techniques for communication and swallowing. They may recommend assistive devices like communication boards or alternative communication methods to help individuals maintain effective communication.

5. Emotional support and adaptive coping: Occupational therapists can provide emotional support and counseling to individuals with MND and their caregivers. They can help individuals cope with the changes and challenges associated with MND, and provide guidance on adaptive strategies and techniques to manage anxiety, depression, and stress.

6. Home modifications and assistive technology: Occupational therapists can assess the home environment and suggest modifications to make it more accessible and safe for individuals with MND. They may recommend grab bars, ramps, and other adaptations. They can also advise on the use of assistive technology such as voice-activated devices or environmental controls.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance the quality of life for individuals with MND by maximizing independence, improving functioning, and providing support to navigate the physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges associated with the 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 motor neurone disease. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for motor neurone 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 motor neurone 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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