Ongoing Theraputic Support/Early Intervention/ASD Management/School Support/Anxiety Management/Social Skills
Gain the insights you need to best support your child’s unique development and profile.
Understanding, expertise and flexibility in supporting young children with a disability and their families.
Assessments & Diagnosis
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Cognitive Assessment (IQ)
Adaptive Behaviour (Vineland)
A number of assessments can be conducted to determine a child or young person’s level of functioning.
Cognitive Assessment – This is a psychometric assessment of intellectual functioning, which highlights strengths and weaknesses in the area of verbal and non-verbal problem solving, working memory and speed of processing. IQ assessments are used to establish academic potential and assist in the diagnosis of specific learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities or areas of giftedness.
Specific Learning Difficulties Assessment – This is an assessment of difficulties in the area of academic achievement in maths, spelling, reading or writing.
Adaptive Behaviour Assessments – An assessment of the skills necessary for living an independent and personally sufficient life including daily living skills, communication skills and socialisation skills. This assessment can be helpful to determine areas of delay and to inform treatment plans to target developmental areas requiring more focused intervention.
Autism Spectrum Disorder – A comprehensive evidence-based assessment for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder using standardised assessment tools. This would typically include:
Developmental interview with parents
Autism Diagnostic Interview with parents or carers (ADI-R)
Observation of your child in the clinic using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS-2)
Pre-school/school observation and/or teacher interview
Review of previous assessments or school reports
Provision of detailed written report
Consultation to discuss assessment results, specified needs and intervention recommendations
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
We offer psychology support for both adults and children who are experiencing a range of developmental, emotional, behavioural or social difficulties.
Our psychologists work from a developmental and psychosocial framework to deliver evidence-based therapy services. This means we understand a young person’s behaviour and presenting concern within the context of their developmental stage, relationships and environment.
We take the time to get to know you and your child and make sure therapy is an engaging and rewarding experience. Your psychologist will discuss with you which therapeutic approach is recommended and provide guidelines on the length and frequency of appointments required to achieve your goals.
In most cases, it is considered essential to work with parents as well as your child to ensure a collaborative and meaningful approach to change. Collaboration with schools and other professionals involved in your child’s care may also form an important part of the therapeutic process.
Referral: Talk to your child's doctor or health care provider. Ask questions and learn everything you can about the behaviour or symptoms that worry you. If your child is in school ask the teacher if your child has been showing worrisome changes in behaviour. Share this with your child's doctor or health care provider. Keep in mind that every child is different. Even normal development, such as when children develop language, motor, and social skills, varies from child to child. Ask if your child needs further evaluation by a specialist with experience in child behavioural problems. Specialists may include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and behavioural therapists.
Early Intervention means doing things as early as possible to work on your child's developmental, health and support needs. Early intervention services give specialised support to children and families in the early years (from birth to school entry). Early Intervention is Child Focussed. This means the intervention:
focuses on developing specific skills
includes strategies to help your child learn new skills and use them in different settings
prepares and supports your child for the move to school
finds ways of getting your child with disability together with typically developing children (ideally of the same age).
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that can be used with children. It has been widely studied and is an effective treatment for a number of conditions, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety. A person in CBT learns to change distorted thinking patterns and unhealthy behaviour. Children can receive CBT with or without their parents, as well as in a group setting. CBT can be adapted to fit the needs of each child. It is especially useful when treating anxiety disorders.
NDIS Funding: As a registered NIDS Provider, we can access funding under the Improved Daily Living section of your NDIS Plan to cover the cost of Assessment, Diagnosis and ongoing Therapy Support for you or your child.
Therapy Management: Our Psychologists will discuss the best approach for you or your child and develop a tailored schedule of Intervention, Treatment and Support specific to your individual needs.
Understanding Autism Diagnosis
Attention and concentration difficulties
Do you feel under-prepared and under-resourced for parenting a child who is not following the “normal” pathway? Or without the support you need to navigate the ups and downs of raising a child through their various stages and challenges? Perhaps your family is going through big changes, loss or separation and you need extra help and guidance?
Our training and experience working with children and adolescents gives us a great foundation for not only helping young people reach their full potential, but also supporting the families who support them. With the right information and an evidence-based framework, we can help you feel empowered and confident in making the right decisions for your child and your family. After all, you are in the best position to be the expert and greatest influence on your own child.
Whether through individual, group or family counselling, we aim to support parents to feel connected and empowered in their parenting skills.