Occupational Therapy and the NDIS

The role of an NDIS occupational therapist in healthcare is greatly misunderstood and underappreciated, although it plays a much larger role than most people realise.


Occupational therapy focuses on the fine motor skills needed to carry out daily tasks. It is a type of healthcare that focuses on enhancing a person’s everyday functionality and independence rather than the structural and medical issues that are addressed in other therapies.


The Role of an NDIS Occupational Therapist


Occupational therapists are a group of allied health professionals in Australia. They assist individuals with a number of challenges, including physical disabilities, developmental disorders like autism spectrum disorder, and mental illnesses like anxiety or depression, in order to help them lead active lives.


An occupational therapist will work with you to build daily eating plans and educate you how to utilise any required medical equipment safely at home. They help participants with  dementia in managing their home so that they can function as independently as possible. If you are identified as having a physical or mental disability, occupational therapists essentially offer treatments that enable you to live a safe, independent life at home or in your community.


The Benefits Of Occupational Therapy


A expanding amount of research is supporting the advantages of occupational therapy, which is an evidence-based approach that can help participants with everything from chronic pain to stroke recovery.


NDIS Occupational therapist uses their specialised training and expertise to create individualised service plans that assist patients with regaining the abilities they need to live independently. They collaborate with patients to set goals, develop practical plans, and build daily activity schedules that promote healing. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that occupational therapy is being acknowledged as a crucial component of all-encompassing care for participants with chronic diseases.


Areas of Occupational Therapy


The use of therapeutic interventions by occupational therapists helps patients perform better in activities of daily living. Because people must engage in these tasks in order to live more autonomously, with integrity, safety, and independence from others, they are referred to as occupations. There are eight occupational therapy specialities that the NDIS supports.


Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs.

Helping individuals maintain their independence by assisting them with daily living activities is one of occupational therapy’s objectives (ADLs). These include activities like dressing, taking a bath, cooking, or shopping.

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, or IADLs

Working with participants who struggle with daily activities including showering, doing laundry, preparing meals, and using public transit is part of this sort of occupational therapy.


Occupational therapy sleep and relaxation.

Many people struggle to get good, uninterrupted sleep at night. Some people find it difficult to unwind because they experience anxiety or depression. Others might struggle to fall asleep due to bodily discomfort brought on by an illness or accident. No matter what is causing your insomnia, the NDIS will provide you with occupational therapy support.



With the support of occupational therapy, people with certain physical or mental impairments can carry out their employment-related duties.



Many young people with impairments find it difficult to understand and perhaps impossible to enrol in standard education. They might not have the tools, the support, or the setting necessary to learn at their own pace. Occupational therapy in schooling can be useful in this situation. Education OT provides that kids can receive all required guidance and support so they can effectively engage in their educational process by bringing instructional assistance for children with special needs.



This type of occupational therapy promotes playfulness to support children’s growth and teach them how to engage with their surroundings in a healthy way.



Through the incorporation of occupational therapy into daily life, leisure OT enables people of all ages to improve their health and independence. In order for patients to spend more time enjoying their favourite activities, therapists concentrate on helping them function better during such activities.


Social participation.

This OT aims to enhance a person’s capacity for social interaction, such as their willingness to go out and participate in social activities. For example, developing techniques to assist people attain their goals, making goals for themselves, and learning how to manage their condition on their own.


How Complete Connect Can Help


Dealing with an impairment, whether it be physical or mental, is difficult for everyone involved and calls for a variety of skills and knowledge to fulfill the needs of the person living with it. Complete Connect is constantly exploring new ways to enhance people’s social inclusion while also allowing them to move and develop without experiencing any pain.


Regardless of physical or mental condition, we think that empowering people to be active and independent is essential for maintaining their individuality.


Complete Connect is pleased to provide their clients with qualified and recognized NDIS Occupational Therapists. Their disability support services are tailored to each individual’s needs, innovative, and mindful towards their physical and psychological conditions.


Get in touch with them right now to learn more about how their excellent OT services can help you or a loved one.



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