Our psychologists help children and young people with their mental health and academic needs. Our team are highly skilled at diagnosing and treating issues causing emotional or behavioural problems. Our psychologists can also identify a variety of difficulties children and young people may be facing including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, anxiety and depression. They can also help children and young people to overcome trauma or grief such as death of a loved one and other personal experiences that affect their mental and emotional health. Additionally, they provide support to parents to help better understand their children and build coping strategies.
“Psychologists help children in a variety of ways, such as: emotional and behavioural issues; building resilience and self-esteem; developing problem solving and communication skills; overcome challenges; and improve overall happiness and wellbeing.”
Our occupational therapists help children and young people develop independent living skills and participate to the best of their ability in everyday activities. A child or young person may need to see an occupational therapist if they are having difficulties completing their everyday activities due to physical, psychological or emotional difficulty, developmental delay or disability. An occupational therapist may work on developing fine and gross motor skills, self-care skills, attention and concentration and sensory processing.
"Occupational therapists help children achieve independence within each of their roles e.g. as a student, a friend, a daughter or son, a brother or sister, a friend and/or team player. We look at how tasks or environments could be changed to better suit a child’s needs."
Our Paediatric dietitians (dieticians) help children and young people to achieve optimal health outcomes through dietary education and support. They support children and their families to ensure adequate nutrient intake, improve food choices and learn to eat a variety of food from the 5 core food groups.
If you are a parent who has not had any experience with therapy services for your child, the process can seem quite overwhelming. Here’s what to expect at your first appointment.
The initial appointment is typically one hour in duration. Your child will attend this session for Speech Pathology, Dietetics and Occupational Therapy. For Psychology appointments you will need to check if your child is required for the initial consultation at the time of booking.
The therapist will ask detailed information about your child’s family history, health and development, education and any concerns you may have.
Goals & Assessment
An assessment may be commenced during this initial appointment and goals for therapy will be established.