Occupational Therapy for Spina Bifida

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

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 spina bifida?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with spina bifida in several ways:

1. Enhancing Independence: Occupational therapists work with individuals with spina bifida to develop skills necessary for daily living activities such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and toileting. They may provide adaptive techniques, assistive devices, and modifications to the environment to help individuals improve their independence and achieve a higher quality of life.

2. Motor Skill Development: Individuals with spina bifida often have challenges with motor skills due to the condition’s impact on the nervous system. Occupational therapists can help improve gross motor skills (such as walking, running, and balancing) and fine motor skills (such as writing, cutting, and manipulating objects) through various therapeutic interventions and exercises. They may utilize therapeutic techniques, adaptive equipment, and assistive devices to facilitate motor skill development.

3. Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Devices: Depending on the severity of spina bifida, some individuals may require assistive devices or adaptive equipment to perform daily activities. Occupational therapists can evaluate the individual’s needs and provide recommendations for appropriate equipment such as wheelchairs, orthotics, walkers, or other assistive devices to support mobility and independence.

4. Sensory Integration Techniques: Many individuals with spina bifida may experience sensory processing difficulties, such as hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to sensory stimuli. Occupational therapists can utilize sensory integration techniques to help individuals improve their ability to process sensory information effectively. This may involve activities that stimulate or desensitize the senses, such as therapeutic brushing, swinging, or deep pressure activities.

5. Cognitive and Perceptual Skills: Some individuals with spina bifida may experience challenges in cognitive and perceptual skills, such as attention, memory, problem-solving, and visual perception. Occupational therapists can utilize therapeutic strategies and activities to improve these skills and enhance functional independence in daily life.

6. School and Work Adaptations: Occupational therapists can collaborate with schools and workplaces to modify environments, develop individualized education plans (IEPs), and provide specialized techniques to support individuals with spina bifida in educational and vocational settings. This may involve adaptations in seating, writing aids, modified assignments, and other accommodations to foster academic and professional success.

Overall, occupational therapy plays a crucial role in promoting independence, improving motor skills, facilitating adaptation to daily activities, and enhancing the overall quality of life for individuals with spina bifida.

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 spina bifida. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for spina bifida

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 spina bifida 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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