Occupational Therapy for Schizoaffective Disorder

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with schizoaffective 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 schizoaffective disorder?

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 schizoaffective disorder in several ways:

1. Developing daily living skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with schizoaffective disorder develop and improve their skills in activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, cooking, and managing personal finances. This can increase their independence and overall functioning.

2. Enhancing work and vocational skills: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing and improving their work-related skills. This may involve identifying vocational interests, exploring job opportunities, and providing job training. By addressing barriers and providing support, occupational therapy can help individuals with schizoaffective disorder find and maintain employment.

3. Managing daily routines and structure: Occupational therapists can help individuals establish a structured and predictable daily routine. This can help manage symptoms and increase stability, as schizoaffective disorder symptoms can disrupt daily functioning and cause difficulties with planning and organization.

4. Addressing sensory and motor difficulties: Some individuals with schizoaffective disorder may experience sensory processing issues or motor coordination difficulties. Occupational therapists can provide interventions to address these challenges, such as sensory integration therapy, fine motor exercises, and coordination activities.

5. Promoting social and communication skills: Occupational therapists can support individuals with schizoaffective disorder in developing effective social and communication skills. This may involve group therapy sessions, role-playing activities, and teaching emotional regulation techniques. Improved social skills can enhance relationships and overall quality of life.

6. Providing stress management techniques: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with schizoaffective disorder techniques to manage stress and improve coping skills. This may include relaxation exercises, mindfulness practices, and developing healthy lifestyle habits.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to enhance an individual’s functional abilities, promote independence, and improve overall quality of life for individuals with schizoaffective disorder. Each intervention is tailored to the individual’s specific needs and goals to maximize their potential for recovery and meaningful engagement in daily activities.

Occupational therapy assessments for schizoaffective 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. 

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