Occupational Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with spinal cord injury. 

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 spinal cord injury?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with spinal cord injuries in several ways:

1. Enhancing Independence: Occupational therapists help individuals regain and improve their ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and toileting. They provide strategies, adaptive equipment, and training to promote independence and improve functional abilities.

2. Enhancing Mobility: Occupational therapists work on improving mobility and transferring techniques, such as wheelchair skills, transferring in and out of bed or a wheelchair, and use of assistive devices. They also assess the need for mobility aids like wheelchairs or walkers and provide training on their use.

3. Home Modifications: Occupational therapists assess the home environment and recommend modifications to make it more accessible and safe for individuals with spinal cord injuries. This may include installing ramps, grab bars, and adaptive equipment to promote independence and prevent falls.

4. Adaptive Equipment: Occupational therapists can recommend and provide training on the use of adaptive equipment, assistive devices, and technologies to enhance independence and everyday functioning. These may include modified utensils, adaptive clothing, reachers, voice-activated devices, or computer software.

5. Cognitive and Perceptual Skills: Occupational therapists can provide interventions to help individuals with spinal cord injuries improve their cognitive and perceptual abilities. They may utilize cognitive rehabilitation techniques to improve memory, attention, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

6. Work and Vocational Rehabilitation: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in exploring and returning to work or finding new vocations after a spinal cord injury. They provide vocational assessments, job coaching, and modifications to help individuals regain employment or train for a new occupation.

7. Leisure and Recreation: Occupational therapists help individuals engage in meaningful leisure and recreational activities, promoting their physical and psychological well-being. They identify new hobbies, adapt existing activities, and provide strategies to participate in leisure activities despite physical limitations.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to maximize independence, functional abilities, and participation in daily activities for people with spinal cord injuries, enhancing their quality of life and overall well-being.

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 spinal cord injury. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for spinal cord injury

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 spinal cord injury 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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