Occupational Therapy for Tetraplegia

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

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 tetraplegia?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with tetraplegia in several ways:

1. Developing independence: Occupational therapists work with individuals to assess their abilities and provide interventions to enhance their independence in daily activities. They may teach strategies to manage self-care tasks, such as bathing, dressing, and grooming, using adaptive equipment and assistive technology.

2. Enhancing mobility and fine motor skills: Occupational therapists may use specialized interventions to improve mobility and range of motion in the affected limbs. They may work on strengthening muscles, improving coordination, and training individuals to use assistive devices, such as braces or wheelchairs. Additionally, they may focus on developing fine motor skills to perform tasks like writing, feeding, or using a computer.

3. Adapting environments: Occupational therapists assess home, work, or school environments and recommend modifications or adaptations to ensure accessibility and safety for individuals with tetraplegia. This may involve installing ramps, grab bars, or implementing technology that allows for easier navigation within the environment.

4. Assistive technology: Occupational therapists can help individuals with tetraplegia explore and utilize assistive technology devices to improve functioning and communication. This could include specialized computer systems, voice recognition software, or devices that allow control of the environment through voice commands.

5. Psychological support: Occupational therapists provide emotional support and strategies to cope with the psychosocial impact of tetraplegia. They address issues related to self-esteem, body image, and adjustment to disability. Additionally, they may facilitate support groups or connect individuals with community resources to foster social engagement.

6. Vocational rehabilitation: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with tetraplegia in returning to work or engaging in meaningful vocational activities. They evaluate work-related skills, suggest modifications in the work environment, and provide training to enable individuals to successfully perform their job tasks.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with tetraplegia by maximizing their independence, participation, and engagement in meaningful activities.

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 tetraplegia. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for tetraplegia

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 tetraplegia 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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