Occupational Therapy for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with myalgic encephalomyelitis. 

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 myalgic encephalomyelitis?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) in several ways:

1. Energy conservation and management: Occupational therapists can help individuals with ME learn techniques to conserve and manage their energy effectively. They can teach pacing strategies, prioritize activities, and provide guidance on rest breaks to prevent overexertion.

2. Activity adaptation: Occupational therapists can assess the individual’s abilities, limitations, and goals to modify activities and tasks. They can recommend assistive devices, ergonomic adaptations, and alternative methods for completing daily activities.

3. Cognitive and memory support: ME can affect cognitive function and memory. Occupational therapists can provide strategies and techniques to manage cognitive difficulties such as brain fog and memory loss. They can teach compensatory strategies, memory aids, and cognitive exercises to help individuals function better in their daily lives.

4. Sleep management: Poor sleep is common in ME. Occupational therapists can provide education and strategies to improve sleep hygiene, establish a routine, and address any environmental factors that may hinder sleep quality.

5. Emotional and mental well-being: Living with ME can cause psychological distress and impact mental health. Occupational therapists can offer emotional support, provide coping strategies, and suggest relaxation techniques to manage stress and anxiety.

6. Rehabilitation therapy: Occupational therapists can design personalized rehabilitation programs tailored to the specific needs and abilities of individuals with ME. These programs may include exercises to improve strength, balance, and endurance.

7. Vocational support: Occupational therapists can help individuals with ME explore and identify suitable vocational options and assist in making necessary workplace accommodations. They can also provide guidance on managing work-related fatigue, pacing, and self-care strategies.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance the individual’s ability to engage in meaningful activities, improve overall functioning, and promote independence and quality of life despite the challenges posed by ME. The therapy is tailored to the needs and goals of each person, and the interventions are adjusted based on their tolerance levels and fluctuations in symptoms.

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 myalgic encephalomyelitis. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for myalgic encephalomyelitis

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 myalgic encephalomyelitis 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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