Occupational Therapy for Sensory Processing Disorder

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with sensory processing 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 sensory processing disorder?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with sensory processing disorder in several ways:

1. Sensory Integration: Occupational therapists can use specific techniques and sensory integration activities to help individuals with sensory processing disorder to better understand and regulate their sensory experiences. This can include activities that provide different textures, weights, and movements to help individuals tolerate and respond appropriately to sensory input.

2. Sensory Diet: Occupational therapists may create personalized sensory diets for individuals with sensory processing disorder. These are structured schedules or routines that include specific activities or strategies throughout the day to help the individual engage and regulate their sensory system. This can help improve attention, focus, self-regulation, and overall behavioral and emotional functioning.

3. Environmental Modifications: Occupational therapists can assess the home, school, or work environment and suggest modifications to create a sensory-friendly space. This can include changes in lighting, noise level, organization, and overall setup to minimize sensory overload or under-stimulation.

4. Self-Regulation Strategies: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with sensory processing disorder various self-regulation techniques. This may include deep breathing exercises, mindfulness activities, sensory breaks, or other strategies to help individuals manage their sensory needs and emotional state.

5. Motor Skills Development: Occupational therapy can help individuals with sensory processing disorder develop their fine and gross motor skills. These skills are important for daily activities such as dressing, writing, and using utensils. Improved motor skills can also contribute to increased self-confidence and independence.

6. Social Skills Training: Occupational therapists can facilitate social skills training to help individuals with sensory processing disorder improve their ability to engage with others, interpret nonverbal cues, and form and maintain appropriate relationships.

7. Academic Support: Occupational therapists can collaborate with teachers and educators to provide academic support and accommodations for individuals with sensory processing disorder. This may involve adapting classroom activities, providing sensory breaks during school hours, or offering alternative learning strategies that suit the individual’s sensory needs.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a critical role in helping individuals with sensory processing disorder develop essential skills, improve their sensory processing abilities, and enhance their overall quality of life.

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 sensory processing disorder. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for sensory processing 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 sensory processing 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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