Occupational Therapy for Stroke

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

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 stroke?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with stroke in the following ways:

1. Restoring Independence: Occupational therapists work with stroke survivors to regain their independence in performing daily activities. They help them relearn skills necessary for self-care, such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and eating.

2. Improving Motor Skills: Stroke can result in muscle weakness and impaired coordination. Occupational therapists use therapeutic exercises and activities to improve motor skills and strengthen the affected limbs. They may also use techniques like constraint-induced movement therapy to encourage the use of the affected limb while restraining the unaffected limb.

3. Enhancing Cognitive Skills: Stroke can impact cognitive abilities such as attention, memory, problem-solving, and decision-making. Occupational therapists employ various techniques and exercises to rehabilitate these cognitive skills and help stroke survivors improve their ability to think, reason, and make informed choices.

4. Enhancing Upper Extremity Function: Stroke may cause difficulties in using the affected arm or hand. Occupational therapists use techniques like repetitive task training, mirror therapy, and functional electrical stimulation to enhance upper extremity function, allowing stroke survivors to regain the ability to perform tasks such as reaching, grasping, and manipulating objects.

5. Modifying the Environment: Occupational therapists assess the home or work environment to identify any barriers or hazards that may hinder a stroke survivor’s ability to function safely and independently. They suggest modifications and adaptive equipment, such as grab bars, adaptive utensils, or visual aids, to make the environment more accessible and supportive.

6. Addressing Emotional and Mental Health: Stroke survivors often experience emotional and mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, or a decreased sense of self-esteem. Occupational therapists provide counseling, support, and coping strategies to help stroke survivors manage these challenges and maintain a positive mindset during their recovery process.

7. Transitioning Back to Daily Life: Occupational therapists assist stroke survivors in preparing for their return to their home, work, or community settings. They provide training in energy conservation, work simplification, and assistive technology to ensure stroke survivors can engage in meaningful activities and adapt to their new lifestyle.

Overall, occupational therapy plays a vital role in stroke rehabilitation by focusing on improving functional independence, enhancing physical and cognitive abilities, and offering support to stroke survivors in their journey towards recovery and reintegration into their daily lives.

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 stroke. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for stroke

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 stroke 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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