NDIS Mental Health Occupational Therapy (OT) Services
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Mental Health Occupational Therapy works by helping the client lead a more active and independent life and helps to develop independance through a combined approach of Technology and Therapy.
Our NDIS approved Mental Health Occupational Therapy service focuses on physical, psychosocial, sensory or cognitive disabilities.
We work with you and those close to you to maximise your independence. You may be looking to improve your ability to perform tasks in your home including self-care, capacity building e.g. therapy aimed at building your capacity, daily activites or finding out about Assistive Technology to improve daily living.
We help you to get more out of life today.
What is Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology?
The overarching goal of Occupational Therapy is simple: Help patients live life to the fullest.Our aim is to work with you to enable you to participate in the day-to-day activities you want to do or need to do. Mental health issues can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to carry out everyday activities. Everyone is unique in what difficulties they experience, but some common areas of difficulty including managing emotions.
Assistive technology is an umbrella term for any equipment or aid that improves capacity building in functioning and independence, and supports a person with disability to reach their goals in the home, the community and the workplace. With the support of this technology, no matter what’s important to you, you can achieve, develop and learn just like everyone else.
Symptoms Occupational Therapy (OT) Technology and Therapy can help with:
Neurofeedback Assistive Technology can help improve emotional control within the brain to help the brain functioning calmly. Emotional outbursts are often due to feeling overwhelmed. Just as stimming results from this, emotional outbursts can also result, as the brain does not know how to cope with the information being provided to it. When the brain functions calmer, the person no longer feels compelled to act out emotionally.
Neurofeedback Technology strengthens brain processing, including the areas in the brain that are responsible for taking in sensory information and building a response. Neurofeedback sessions can improve a person’s ability to engage in conversation & appropriately process what is being said and what should be said in return.
Ritualistic behavior is often performed to deal with anxiety or overwhelming external stimuli, giving the patient a sense of self control. Neurofeedback Technology trains the brain to be able to cope with anxiety and external stimuli with more ease, thereby substantially reducing and/or eliminating ritualistic behaviors.
Inability to follow/regard direction from authority figures
For those struggling on the autistic spectrum, even processing the information given regarding directions can be absolutely overwhelming, so expecting the patient to be able to fulfill these directions seems overwhelming if not impossible. Neurofeedback sessions make the brain function more efficiently and calmly, allowing the patient to improve information processing, which improves the ability to follow the directions given by parents and/or teachers.
Repetition of physical movements or sounds is very common in ASD patients. Often, this is done because sensory stimuli can become too overwhelming or uncomfortable. Neurofeedback works to make the brain function more calmly & efficiently, reducing the patient’s perception of stimuli as being overwhelming. If the patient feels more calm overall and the stimuli around them does not seem overwhelming, the stimming can be reduced or in some cases eliminated.
Our Occupational Therapy team assess your situation and provides personalised services to help you do the things you want and need to do to, in the most effective way possible. We offer these services through:
- In-person suport – face to face with our Senior Occupational Therapist (Perth Office only) for OT Consultations and in-person Neurofeedback Brain Training sessions.clinic-based support.
- At-home support – online Occupational Therapist (OT) Telehealth Consultations, plus access to the same Neurofeedback Brain Training technology which we use in clinic, available Australia-wide
Our Occupational Therapists work closely with NDIS participants, using the latest research and technologies in their field to assess and design rehabilitation programs that are evidenced based, efficient and effective. This ensures that you (or some one you care for) are always receiving the highest quality services.
Types of NDIS Support Budgets
Every person living with a disability has different needs. NDIS funding provides NDIS participants with with the supports needed for your disability and help work towards your specific goals. Funding is based on what is ‘reasonable’ and ‘necessary’ to pursue your goals, in addition to the support provided by family, friends, and other community and government services. There are three types of support budgets that may be funded in your NDIS plan (as explained below). If you are not sure which type of support you have access to just contact us and we can talk you through your options. We are happy to provide you with a quote for the provision of services in advance of accessing them with us, so that you can seek approval in advance - just send us a message through the website.
NDIS Capital Support budget
The NDIS Capital Support budget relates to supports such as Assistive Technology and depends on quotes from suppliers. Funds within this budget can only be used for their specific purpose and cannot be used to fund other items.
The Capital Support budget has an Assistive Technology category – includes equipment items for mobility, personal care, communication and recreational inclusion. This allows access to Neurofeedback Assistive Technology, however approaval is required from the NDIS in advance of acessing these services for anything over $1,500 per annum.
NDIS Capacity Building budget
The Capacity Building funding is allocated across eight support sub-categories:
- Choice and Control
- Daily Activity e.g. therapy aimed at building your capacity to participate
- Health and Wellbeing
- Home Living
- Lifelong Learning
- Relationships e.g. positive behavioural support strategies to reduce behaviours of concern
- Social and Community Participation
Our Services are covered under Daily Acitivty – therapy building capacity to particupate.
Occupational Therapy for Mental Health & Emotional Well-being