Occupational Therapy for Narcolepsy

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with narcolepsy. 

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 narcolepsy?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with narcolepsy in several ways:

1. Sleep hygiene education: Occupational therapists can provide guidance on establishing a regular sleep routine, maintaining a comfortable sleep environment, and improving sleep hygiene habits. This can help individuals with narcolepsy in managing their symptoms better.

2. Energy conservation techniques: Occupational therapists can teach individuals strategies to conserve their energy throughout the day to manage fatigue associated with narcolepsy. They may recommend scheduling regular rest breaks, allocating time for naps, and incorporating pacing techniques into daily activities.

3. Work or school modifications: Occupational therapists can assess the individual’s workstation or school environment and suggest modifications to optimize productivity and safety. This may include ergonomic adjustments, recommending assistive devices, or developing alternative work or study schedules to accommodate the individual’s energy levels and avoid excessive daytime sleepiness.

4. Cognitive strategies: Narcolepsy can lead to difficulties with attention, concentration, memory, and executive functioning. Occupational therapists can provide strategies to overcome these challenges, such as developing routines, using external aids like calendars or reminder systems, and implementing compensatory strategies to enhance cognitive performance.

5. Lifestyle management: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in identifying and participating in activities that bring them joy and fulfillment while considering fatigue management. They can help individuals prioritize and plan activities, adapt them to their energy levels, and explore coping strategies if symptoms interfere with daily life.

6. Emotional well-being and mental health support: Narcolepsy can impact an individual’s mood, self-esteem, and overall mental well-being. Occupational therapists can provide counseling, stress management techniques, and teach relaxation strategies to improve emotional well-being and coping skills.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to empower individuals with narcolepsy to lead productive lives by managing their symptoms, maximizing their functional abilities, and enhancing their overall quality of life.

Occupational therapy assessments for narcolepsy

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 narcolepsy 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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