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Occupational Therapy for Disabilities

Achieve your goals with Occupational Therapy

Do the things you need to and want to do with support from a genU Occupational Therapist (OT).

We support people living with disability of all ages, to build independence and to improve the quality of everyday life.

Get assistance to put the right supports in place, and develop skills and confidence in key areas of your life, including:

  • Social interaction skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Travel and getting out in the community
  • Gross and fine motor skill development.

We’ll get to know what’s important to you

When we meet you, we’ll ask lots of questions to understand your goals and more about your support network.

  • What do you like to do?
  • How do you spend your time?
  • What are your interests?
  • What challenges you in your everyday life?

You can have your first meeting with us in your home, via telehealth or wherever out in the community that you feel the most comfortable.

Setting and achieving goals – large and small

We’ll work with you to identify goals that you are motivated to achieve. Here are some areas of everyday life you could choose to focus on:

  • Personal care activities— showering, toileting, dressing, tying shoelaces, shaving and cutting nails.
  • Household activities — meal preparation, making the bed, cleaning, gardening.
  • Community access and participation — public transport training, road safety, shopping, ordering meals, handling money.
  • Emotional regulation — managing feelings of anger, anxiety and others.
  • Social skills and friendships — making and maintaining friendships, having conversations, stranger danger.
  • Executive functions — planning and organising, concentration and attention, making and managing appointments, problem solving, time management, starting and initiating tasks.
  • Sensory regulation — understanding sensory patterns, implementing sensory inputs for regulation, interceptive awareness.
  • Fine and gross motor skills — throwing and catching, balance, coordination, handwriting, buttons and zips.
  • Employment and volunteering — resume development, job readiness skills.

Access to assistive technology

Get support to access assistive technology and equipment that will increase your independence and enable you to complete everyday tasks for yourself across all environments. These include:

  • Equipment and assistive technology — mobility aids, continence aids, medication aids, chairs and beds which promote safe transfers and reduce pressure sores etc.
  • Home modifications — easier access to the home and rooms within the home to promote independence.

Housing, accommodation and in-home support assessments

Occupational Therapists (OTs) can also play a big role in having the right accommodation and in-home support sourced based on your needs. OTs complete assessments and develop reports to recommend:

  • Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA)
  • Supported Independent Living (SIL)
  • Independent Living Options (ILO)

Who uses our services

genU provide OT services to NDIS participants of all ages:

  • Early intervention or Paediatric Occupational Therapy for children
  • Occupational Therapy adolescents and teenagers
  • Occupational Therapy for adults

We currently offer face-to-face Occupational Therapy in the Barwon Area (Geelong, Colac and Surf Coast), however if you are outside this area, we offer telehealth services if appropriate.

Contact us to find out more