Occupational Therapy for Quadriplegia

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

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 quadriplegia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with quadriplegia in several ways:

1. Enhancing independence: Occupational therapists work on improving independent functioning in activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and toileting. They teach adaptive techniques, provide specialized equipment, and modify the environment to facilitate independence.

2. Assisting with mobility: Occupational therapists evaluate and prescribe assistive devices like wheelchairs, mobility aids, and orthotics to optimize mobility and prevent complications such as pressure sores, contractures, and muscle atrophy. They also train individuals on safe transfers and positioning techniques.

3. Managing motor skills and coordination: Occupational therapy addresses loss of hand and arm function by employing therapeutic exercises, task-specific training, and adaptive equipment. They focus on strengthening weak muscles, improving coordination, and enhancing fine motor skills to promote independence in self-care and other activities.

4. Enhancing cognitive skills: Occupational therapists work on cognitive rehabilitation to address cognitive impairments resulting from quadriplegia. They use strategies such as memory techniques, attention training, problem-solving, and decision-making exercises to improve cognitive function.

5. Addressing psychosocial needs: Quadriplegia often leads to emotional and psychosocial challenges. Occupational therapists provide counseling, support, and coping strategies to help individuals adjust to their new life circumstances. They also facilitate community reintegration and engagement in meaningful activities to enhance overall well-being.

6. Environmental modifications: Occupational therapists evaluate the home and work environments to identify barriers and recommend modifications. They may suggest ramps, widened doorways, adapted seating, accessible bathrooms, and other accommodation measures to improve accessibility and safety.

7. Vocational rehabilitation: Occupational therapists play a crucial role in vocational rehabilitation by assessing capabilities, recommending job modifications or assistive technology, and providing training for work-related tasks. They aim to enable individuals with quadriplegia to return to or maintain employment.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to maximize functional independence, improve quality of life, and assist individuals with quadriplegia in participating in the activities and roles that are important to them.

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 quadriplegia. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for quadriplegia

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 quadriplegia 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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