Occupational Therapy for Selective Mutism

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with selective mutism. 

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 selective mutism?

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 selective mutism in several ways:

1. Communication Skills: Occupational therapists can work on developing and improving communication skills in individuals with selective mutism. They can use various techniques such as visual aids, social stories, and language-building activities to help individuals with selective mutism feel more comfortable expressing themselves.

2. Sensory Integration: Occupational therapy can help individuals with selective mutism who also have sensory integration difficulties. Sensory integration therapy can assist in reducing anxiety and increasing self-regulation, which can positively impact communication and interaction with others.

3. Social Skills Training: Occupational therapists can provide social skills training to individuals with selective mutism. This can involve teaching conversation skills, initiating and maintaining friendships, and understanding non-verbal cues. Social skills training can help individuals with selective mutism feel more confident and comfortable in social situations.

4. Anxiety Management: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with selective mutism relaxation techniques and coping strategies to manage anxiety. This can include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness activities, and sensory-based strategies. By learning to manage their anxiety, individuals with selective mutism may feel more at ease in social interactions and be more willing to communicate.

5. Environmental Modifications: Occupational therapy can also focus on modifying the individual’s environment to facilitate communication. This can include creating a supportive and inclusive setting in school or home, providing visual schedules or cues to help with understanding expectations, and utilizing assistive communication devices when necessary.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a crucial role in supporting individuals with selective mutism by addressing communication difficulties, enhancing social skills, managing anxiety, providing sensory integration strategies, and adapting the environment to promote effective communication.

Occupational therapy assessments for selective mutism

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 selective mutism 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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