Occupational Therapy for Paraplegia

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

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 paraplegia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with paraplegia in various ways:

1. Independence and daily living skills: Occupational therapists work with individuals to develop or regain skills needed for activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and feeding. They can teach adaptive techniques and provide assistive devices to improve independence and maximize function.

2. Wheelchair mobility: Occupational therapists can assess and recommend the most appropriate wheelchair and seating system to meet the individual’s specific needs. They also provide training on wheelchair skills and techniques to enhance mobility and prevent secondary complications associated with prolonged wheelchair use.

3. Environmental modifications: Occupational therapists can assess the home or workplace environment and suggest modifications to improve accessibility, safety, and independence. This may include installing ramps, widening doorways, adjusting countertop heights, and modifying bathroom facilities.

4. Upper extremity function: An occupational therapist helps individuals with paraplegia in maximizing the use and function of their upper extremities. This may involve strength training, coordination exercises, and adaptive techniques to perform tasks such as reaching, grasping, and manipulating objects.

5. Adaptive equipment and assistive technology: Occupational therapists are trained in recommending and training individuals on the use of adaptive equipment and assistive technology devices that can enhance independence and participation. This may include tools for dressing, eating, writing, and computer access.

6. Vocational rehabilitation: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with paraplegia in maintaining or returning to work. They assess job demands, provide ergonomic recommendations, suggest modifications in the workplace, and offer strategies to improve productivity and job satisfaction.

7. Emotional support and mental health: Occupational therapists recognize the emotional and psychological impact of paraplegia and provide support and counseling to enhance coping skills, self-esteem, and overall mental well-being.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance independence, improve quality of life, and promote an individual’s participation in meaningful activities, despite the challenges posed by paraplegia.

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 paraplegia. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for paraplegia

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 paraplegia 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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