Psychologists are experts in what makes kids tick, developing their quality of life and promoting healthy emotional habits. They are highly skilled at diagnosing and treating issues causing emotional or behavioural problems. Our psychologists can also identify a variety of difficulties children may be facing including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, anxiety and depression. Additionally, they can also work with children to overcome abuse, trauma such as death of a loved one and other personal experiences that affect their mental and emotional health.
"Psychology helps kids feel as though they are not alone and that their problems do not define them. It also helps build their confidence and teaches them the skills they need to overcome life's challenges."
Occupational therapists are experts in helping your child develop independent living skills and participate to the best of their ability and thrive in the everyday activities that you and your child want to achieve. A child may need to see an occupational therapist if they are having difficulties completing their everyday activities due to physical, psychological or emotional problems, developmental delay or intellectual disability. An occupational therapist may work with a child’s family to ensure life balance and to enable positive development and learning skills in all domains of the child’s life.
"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."
Speech Pathologists are health professionals with expertise in the assessment and management of communication, feeding and swallowing difficulties. They are trained in a variety of areas and work with children and young adults of all ages to overcome communication struggles and learn healthy habits. Speech Pathologists are able to identify, assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of areas and create ongoing treatment plans to ensure healthy development in children and adolescents.
Paediatric dietitians help babies, children and teenagers 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.