Occupational Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with multiple sclerosis. 

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 multiple sclerosis?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with multiple sclerosis in several ways:

1. Managing symptoms: Occupational therapists assist individuals with multiple sclerosis in managing their symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty walking, muscle weakness, and cognitive changes. They provide strategies and techniques to conserve energy, improve stamina, and enhance coordination and balance.

2. Adapting daily activities: Occupational therapists help individuals with multiple sclerosis adapt their daily activities to maintain independence and quality of life. They may provide assistive devices, recommend modifications to the environment, and teach alternative techniques to accomplish tasks such as dressing, bathing, cooking, and household chores.

3. Enhancing mobility and function: Occupational therapists develop personalized exercise programs aimed at improving mobility, strength, and function. They may recommend specific exercises, stretching routines, and activities to improve coordination, balance, and range of motion.

4. Enhancing cognitive function: Occupational therapists work on cognitive skills such as memory, attention, and problem-solving, which may be affected by multiple sclerosis. They introduce strategies and techniques to improve cognitive function and provide compensatory strategies to overcome any difficulties caused by cognitive impairments.

5. Emotional support and mental health: Occupational therapists provide emotional support to individuals with multiple sclerosis and their families. They address psychological and emotional challenges associated with the condition, including anxiety, depression, and stress management. They may recommend relaxation techniques, meditation, stress reduction strategies, and assist in building coping skills.

6. Vocational guidance: Occupational therapists assist individuals seeking to maintain or return to work by providing vocational rehabilitation services. They assess the individual’s abilities, explore potential workplace modifications, provide job retraining, and offer support throughout the vocational process.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the overall quality of life for individuals with multiple sclerosis by addressing their physical, cognitive, emotional, and vocational needs.

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 multiple sclerosis. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for multiple sclerosis

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 multiple sclerosis 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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