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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

What services do Occupational Therapists provide in the NDIS?

Occupational Therapists are skilled in a number of areas, including mental health, rehabilitation, pain management, driving assessments and pediatrics. They can help you to identify interests and goals, manage daily routines at home and in the community, modify daily tasks to make them easier to perform and recommend activities that you can participate effectively in.

Occupational Therapists work with people across their lifespan. They provide a range of supports and services to NDIS participants, including:

  • Assistive technology (aids and equipment)
  • Home modifications
  • Vehicle modifications and driving assessments
  • Assessment of personal support needs (personal care)
  • Housing assessments for participants requiring Specialist Disability Accommodation
  • Transport assistance
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Supported employment evaluation and training services
  • Helping children to reach their developmental goals through interventions such as play-based therapy
  • Whole of life personal planning

What can an Occupational Therapist do?

An occupational therapist is very important in building your capacity in all areas of your life. An occupational therapist at Synergy Vision Disability and Care Services can help with all of the following:

  • Difficulty showering, using the toilet and other personal care needs
  • Issues dressing, cooking and cleaning
  • Trouble managing money and budgeting
  • High level of fatigue; a tendency to sit a lot, avoid activities and/or avoid leaving the house
  • Difficulty moving, such as standing up from a sitting position, either from a chair or a car seat
  • Your wheelchair is damaged, broken or due for a replacement (if purchased before 2016)
  • Problems reading, writing and using technology
  • Issues participating in sexual intimacy
  • No home modifications available while reliant on a wheelchair
  • You require relocation through the Department of Housing
  • Recommendations and the required paperwork will be provided
  • Any miscellaneous difficulties with engaging in a task that is meaningful or important to you (this includes leisure activities which are often overlooked, professionals are outsourced and worked with to produce strategies towards a desirable outcome)

Synergy Vision Disability and Care Services occupational therapists service all Sydney areas including Sydney South West and West as well as the Gold Coast.

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