Occupational Therapy for Vision Impairment

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

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 vision impairment?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with vision impairment in several ways:

1. Enhancing daily living skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with vision impairment develop and refine their abilities to perform daily tasks independently, such as grooming, dressing, cooking, and using assistive devices. They may use strategies like environmental modifications, adaptive equipment, and teaching compensatory techniques to improve functional skills.

2. Mobility and orientation training: Occupational therapists can provide training to enhance mobility skills, including cane and guide dog training. They may also work on improving spatial awareness, orientation, and navigation skills to help individuals with vision impairment confidently navigate their environment and increase their freedom of movement.

3. Visual perceptual skills: Occupational therapists can address difficulties related to visual perceptual skills, such as visual memory, visual discrimination, and visual attention. They may use techniques like scanning exercises, visual tracking, and visual memory exercises to improve these skills and enhance overall cognitive functioning.

4. Assistive technology: Occupational therapists can provide guidance in the selection and use of assistive devices and technology to facilitate independence and participation. They may recommend tools like magnifiers, screen reading software, and talking devices to enhance communication, reading, writing, and other daily activities.

5. Adaptation and modification: Occupational therapists can help individuals adapt and modify their living and working environment to accommodate their vision impairment. They may suggest modifications like improved lighting, color contrast, tactile markers, and organization systems to make the environment more accessible and safer.

6. Psychological support: Dealing with vision impairment can be emotionally challenging. Occupational therapists can provide emotional support, counseling, and coping strategies to individuals with vision impairment and their families. They may also facilitate support groups and connect individuals with local resources and services.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to optimize the functional capabilities and quality of life for individuals with vision impairment by addressing their unique needs, providing solutions, and empowering them to engage in meaningful activities and live independently.

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 vision impairment. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for vision impairment

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 vision impairment 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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