Occupational Therapy for Tic Disorders

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with tic disorders. 

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 tic disorders?

A mental health occupational therapist is different from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Mental health occupational therapists look at how your condition affects the functional aspects of your life and work with you on ways to improve this.

Occupational therapy can benefit people with tic disorders in various ways:

1. Developing coping strategies: Occupational therapists can teach individuals with tic disorders techniques for managing and reducing tic symptoms. These strategies may include deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and redirecting attention to more constructive activities. These coping mechanisms can help individuals feel more in control of their tics and reduce their impact on daily functioning.

2. Skills development: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in developing various skills to enhance their overall functioning. These skills may include fine motor skills (such as handwriting and buttoning clothes), gross motor skills (such as coordination and balance), self-care skills (such as dressing and feeding), and organizational skills (such as time management and planning).

3. Environmental modifications: Occupational therapists can suggest modifications to the individual’s environment to reduce stress and trigger factors that might exacerbate tic symptoms. These modifications can include rearranging furniture, minimizing clutter, creating calm and organized spaces, and reducing sensory stimuli that may provoke tics.

4. Sensory integration techniques: Occupational therapists can help individuals with tic disorders regulate their sensory experiences. They may use sensory integration techniques like deep pressure therapy (using weighted blankets or vests), sensory diet activities, tactile stimulation, or auditory guidance. These interventions aim to help individuals manage sensory overload and improve self-regulation.

5. Social skills training: Occupational therapists can provide social skills training to help individuals with tic disorders improve their interactions and relationships with others. This may include teaching appropriate conversational skills, emotional regulation techniques, and practicing social scenarios to enhance social confidence and reduce anxiety related to tics.

6. Assistive technology and adaptive equipment: Occupational therapists may recommend and provide individuals with tic disorders with assistive technology or adaptive equipment to help them overcome functional challenges. This can include specialized writing tools, communication aids, or computer software to support participation and independence in daily activities.

Overall, occupational therapy can support individuals with tic disorders by addressing the physical, psychological, and social aspects associated with tic symptoms, enabling them to engage in meaningful activities and improve their overall quality of life.

Occupational therapy assessments for tic disorders

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 tic disorders 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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