Occupational Therapy for Myasthenia Gravis

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with myasthenia gravis. 

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 myasthenia gravis?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with myasthenia gravis in several ways:

1. Energy conservation techniques: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with myasthenia gravis strategies to conserve energy and reduce fatigue. They can help identify activities that may be more challenging and provide practical tips to prioritize tasks and optimize energy levels throughout the day.

2. Assistive devices and adaptations: Occupational therapists can assess the functional limitations caused by myasthenia gravis and recommend appropriate assistive devices and adaptations. This may include mobility aids, specialized utensils, ergonomic workstations, or modifications to the home environment to improve independence and safety.

3. Adaptive strategies: OTs can suggest adaptive strategies to compensate for muscle weakness and difficulties with tasks. This may involve teaching alternative ways to perform activities or providing training in modified techniques for self-care, work, or leisure activities.

4. Daily living skills and self-care: Occupational therapists can work with individuals to enhance their abilities in activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and meal preparation. They can provide techniques to conserve energy, promote independence, and adapt these tasks to the individual’s abilities.

5. Psychological support: Living with a chronic condition like myasthenia gravis can have emotional and psychological impacts. Occupational therapists can provide emotional support, coping strategies, and facilitate connections to support groups or mental health professionals as needed.

6. Work and vocational rehabilitation: For individuals with myasthenia gravis who are working or wish to return to work, occupational therapists can provide vocational rehabilitation services. This may include workplace modifications, job retraining, ergonomic modifications, and guidance on managing fatigue at work.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to maximize an individual’s independence, improve quality of life, and help them manage daily activities effectively despite the challenges posed by myasthenia gravis.

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 myasthenia gravis. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for myasthenia gravis

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 myasthenia gravis 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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