Connect with children’s speech pathologists online, Australia-wide
Umbo provides speech pathology for children online, via videolink. It’s an inclusive approach to therapy, where the child can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
What is Umbo?
18 months. That’s how long some families in Australia — particularly those in regional or rural areas — must wait to receive quality speech and occupational therapy.
At Umbo, we aim to start you on our clinical intake process within 1 week of receiving your request for therapy.
Our trained therapists deliver highly effective speech and occupational therapy to anywhere in Australia online, via videolink.
Umbo is a social enterprise and a registered NDIS provider. We also cater to private clients.
How does Umbo work?
Does your family need speech pathology? Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll point you in the right direction.
We’ll discuss your family’s therapy needs, and how we can best help you get connected to speech therapy online.
Get connected to an occupational therapist online. We aim to get you started on our clinical intake process in under 1 week.
We work around your family’s needs and schedules to deliver the best outcomes. This could involve our therapists delivering short sessions with parents, or being available outside of consultations via phone or text.
Who can use Umbo?
Children and their families
Umbo helps children and families across Australia access vital therapy services online. We’ll quickly connect you with some of Australia’s best speech pathologists who have experience with children.
Book a free consultation
NDIS providers and support coordinators
Umbo can help find a reliable speech pathologist for your client. Make a referral and we’ll connect you to the right clinician.
Refer a client
Schools and preschools
Teachers are often the first people in a child’s life to notice they are struggling with speech. Schools and preschools can use Umbo to refer a child and help them find the online therapy services they need.
Refer a child at your school
We are a registered NDIS provider and we also cater for private clients
Meet some of our therapists
Alisa works with young kids and their families, in Early Childhood Intervention. Alisa helps families tune-in to how their child learns, and to find everyday opportunities for communication. By working in partnership, families help their child to talk, play, sing, read books, and tell stories. Alisa also works with families on goals related to mealtimes, and their child’s eating and drinking skills.
Aaron is a compassionate and dedicated speech pathologist with a wealth of experience in swallowing and communication difficulties. He has been practising as a speech pathologist for over 6 years since he received his Masters from University of Queensland and has worked across various settings including hospitals, schools, aged care, and private practice.
Chloe is an enthusiastic and passionate speech pathologist who loves working with clients across the continuum of care. Chloe has experience as a generalist therapist with paediatrics and adults in a diverse range of settings. Chloe has a particular interest in neurological conditions and has extensive experience in dysphagia management and working with people with aphasia.
Georgiana is a caring and passionate speech pathologist who loves to build long term therapeutic relationships with clients and families. She has experience working with both paediatrics and adults as a generalist therapist with a particular focus on early intervention therapies for children with Autism.
The Umbo Difference
Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person receiving therapy 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.
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.
What can speech pathology help with?
Speech pathology can help with any kind of communication or swallowing issue. This includes helping:
- Children who stutter
- Children who have trouble saying or understanding words
- Children with an Autism spectrum diagnosis
- Children with intellectual disabilities or mental illness who have trouble communicating clearly
- Children who use means other than spoken language to communicate
- Children with social language delays/disorders including literacy skills, making friends, exam vocabulary and communication within the community
- Children with eating disorders or who have difficulty chewing
- Babies who have difficulty feeding, including suspected tongue ties
- Children having difficulty transitioning to solid foods, “fussy’ eaters
Unsure what you need?
No problem, just send us an inquiry explaining the difficulties that you/your child/your family member is having and we can let you know whether a speech pathologist, occupational therapist or other kind of professional would be most appropriate. It’s better to ask and get a clear answer!
“Being introduced to Umbo was a lifesaver”