Occupational Therapy for Tourette Syndrome

Our specialist mental health occupational therapists provide therapy online for people with Tourette syndrome. 

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 Tourette syndrome?

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 Tourette syndrome in several ways:

1. Developing coping mechanisms: Occupational therapists can help individuals with Tourette syndrome develop strategies to manage their tics, such as deep breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, or redirecting their movements to more socially acceptable ones. These coping mechanisms can reduce the impact of tics on daily functioning and increase overall quality of life.

2. Sensory integration: Many individuals with Tourette syndrome also have sensory processing difficulties. Occupational therapists can provide sensory integration therapy, which involves carefully designed activities that help individuals better process and respond to sensory information. This can help reduce sensory aversions, improve self-regulation, and decrease the frequency and severity of tics.

3. Enhancing fine motor skills: Fine motor skills are often impaired in individuals with Tourette syndrome. Occupational therapists can provide exercises and activities to improve hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and motor control. This can be particularly helpful for tasks that require precision, such as writing, cutting, or buttoning clothes.

4. Developing self-care skills: Occupational therapists can assist individuals with Tourette syndrome in improving their independent living skills. This may include activities such as dressing, grooming, feeding, and organizing personal belongings. Building these skills can increase self-esteem and promote greater independence.

5. School and workplace accommodations: Occupational therapists can work with educators and employers to implement appropriate accommodations, modifications, and strategies that support individuals with Tourette syndrome in their learning or work environments. This may include classroom or workplace modifications, addressing socialization challenges, and providing tools for self-advocacy.

6. Emotional support and social skills development: Occupational therapists can offer emotional support, providing a safe space for individuals with Tourette syndrome to discuss any challenges they may face. Additionally, they can help individuals develop social skills, such as listening, empathy, and non-verbal communication, which can lead to improved interpersonal relationships and reduced social anxiety.

Overall, occupational therapy interventions can significantly benefit individuals with Tourette syndrome by improving their ability to function in daily life, manage their symptoms, and enhance their overall well-being.

Occupational therapy assessments for Tourette syndrome

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 Tourette syndrome 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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