Occupational Therapy for Oppositional Defiant Disorder

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with oppositional defiant disorder. 

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 oppositional defiant disorder?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with oppositional defiant disorder in several ways:

1. Self-regulation skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals develop self-regulation skills to manage their emotions, impulses, and behaviors. They can teach relaxation techniques, coping strategies, and problem-solving skills to help individuals calm themselves and respond more appropriately to challenging situations.

2. Social skills training: Occupational therapists can work with individuals with oppositional defiant disorder to improve their social skills. They may use role-playing, group activities, and social stories to teach appropriate communication, social cues, and empathy. These skills can enhance their ability to interact positively with peers and authority figures.

3. Behavior management: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with oppositional defiant disorder and their families in developing behavior management strategies. They can provide support in setting realistic and achievable goals, implementing consistent routines, and establishing clear rules and consequences. This helps individuals learn to self-monitor their behaviors and make positive choices.

4. Sensory integration therapy: Some individuals with oppositional defiant disorder may also have sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists can provide sensory integration therapy, which involves activities that help individuals process and respond appropriately to sensory stimuli. This can address issues such as sensory overload or under-responsiveness, improving their ability to focus, regulate emotions, and engage in appropriate behaviors.

5. Structured and meaningful activities: Occupational therapists can help individuals with oppositional defiant disorder engage in structured and meaningful activities. By promoting participation in activities they enjoy and that provide a sense of accomplishment, individuals are more likely to experience success and enhance their self-esteem. These activities may include hobbies, sports, crafts, or other interests that promote a sense of purpose and mastery.

Overall, occupational therapy offers a holistic approach to addressing the challenges faced by individuals with oppositional defiant disorder. By focusing on developing self-regulation skills, improving social interactions, managing behaviors, addressing sensory needs, and engaging in meaningful activities, occupational therapists can assist individuals in enhancing their overall functioning and quality of life.

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 oppositional defiant disorder. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for oppositional defiant disorder

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. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with oppositional defiant disorder 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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