Occupational Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with traumatic brain 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 traumatic brain injury?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with traumatic brain injury in several ways:

1. Cognitive Rehabilitation: Occupational therapists can help individuals with traumatic brain injury regain cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, problem-solving, and decision-making. They use various techniques and strategies to improve cognitive functioning, such as memory exercises, attention training, and problem-solving tasks.

2. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Training: Occupational therapists focus on improving individuals’ ability to perform daily activities independently. They work on skills like dressing, bathing, meal preparation, and household chores. They may use adaptive techniques and assistive devices to enhance independence.

3. Motor Skills Rehabilitation: Traumatic brain injury can affect an individual’s motor skills, leading to difficulties with movement and coordination. Occupational therapists provide exercises and activities to improve fine motor skills (e.g., writing, using utensils) and gross motor skills (e.g., walking, balance).

4. Sensory Integration: Some individuals with traumatic brain injury may have sensitivity to sensory stimuli or difficulty processing sensory information. Occupational therapists use sensory integration techniques to address sensory issues and enhance the individual’s ability to regulate responses to different sensory inputs.

5. Community Reintegration: Occupational therapists help individuals with brain injury reintegrate into the community and engage in meaningful activities. They assist in identifying vocational opportunities, transitioning back to work or school, and participating in social and leisure activities.

6. Environmental Modification: Occupational therapists assess the home and work environment to make necessary modifications for individuals with traumatic brain injury. These modifications may include installing grab bars, improving lighting, rearranging furniture for safe mobility, or recommending adaptive equipment.

7. Emotional Support and Coping Strategies: Occupational therapists offer emotional support and teach coping strategies to individuals with traumatic brain injuries. They help individuals manage frustration, anxiety, and depression that often accompany brain injury. They also provide strategies to manage stress and establish routines.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to maximize an individual’s independence, function, and overall quality of life following a traumatic brain injury. The therapy is tailored to the unique needs and goals of each person, promoting their recovery and successful 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 traumatic brain injury. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for traumatic brain 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 traumatic brain 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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