Occupational Therapy for Polio

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

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 polio?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with polio in the following ways:

1. Increased independence: Occupational therapists work with individuals to develop strategies and techniques to enhance their independence in daily activities. They can recommend assistive devices, adaptive equipment, and home modifications to facilitate mobility and ensure safety.

2. Muscle strength and range of motion: Polio can cause muscle weakness and limited range of motion. Occupational therapists use exercises, stretching, and strengthening techniques to improve muscle strength and increase flexibility, allowing individuals to perform daily activities more easily.

3. Adaptive techniques and strategies: Occupational therapists teach individuals with polio alternative techniques and strategies to compensate for muscle weakness or paralysis. They may provide training on energy conservation techniques, joint protection, body mechanics, and adaptive tools to enable individuals to perform tasks with reduced effort and strain.

4. Assistive technology: Occupational therapists can recommend and train individuals on the use of assistive technology devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, or orthotics to improve mobility and decrease dependency on others.

5. Pain management: Polio survivors may experience chronic pain or discomfort due to muscle imbalances, joint stress, or postural issues. Occupational therapists can provide pain management strategies, including heat or cold therapy, ergonomic assessments, and education on body mechanics to reduce pain and improve overall comfort.

6. Cognitive and psychological support: Polio can sometimes affect cognitive abilities, including memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. Occupational therapists can provide cognitive rehabilitation to address these challenges. Additionally, they offer emotional support and coping strategies to help individuals adapt to the physical and emotional changes caused by polio.

7. Vocational rehabilitation: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in exploring career options, identifying job accommodations to maximize productivity, and providing guidance on adaptive technologies or work modifications that enable individuals to remain employed or return to work.

8. Community reintegration: Occupational therapists play a crucial role in supporting the community reintegration of individuals with polio. They assess the person’s environment, provide recommendations for accessibility modifications, and offer training to overcome physical barriers, enabling individuals to participate fully in their communities.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance a person’s overall quality of life, maximize functional independence, and promote participation in meaningful activities for individuals with polio.

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 polio. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for polio

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 polio 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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