Psychology can positively impact children’s behaviour, mental health and development.
What is Psychology?
Psychology is a discipline where health professionals support families with concerns about their child’s development, behaviour, emotional regulation, academic performance and/or other mental health concerns. Psychologists utilise a number of tools to assess the needs of their clients and support them to overcome some of life’s challenges. At Youthrive, our psychologists work with families and children to promote healthy development and learning.
We can help children with
- Developing social understanding, social skills and social confidence
- Understanding and managing their emotions
- Developing coping skills
- Overcoming adversity, fears, anxiety and processing grief and trauma
- Building healthy relationships and attachments with parents and family members
- Learning strategies to overcome learning difficulties
- Developing independence and understanding the importance of personal safety
- Boost their confidence and self-esteem
The purpose of an assessment is to identify what specific areas children may require specialised support or to assist in the process of diagnosis. It is an important part of helping to understand your child and their needs. Assessments may include interviews with parents and other stakeholders, observations of your child, meeting your child and asking them questions, consulting with your child’s school and/or completing questionnaires about your child.
Academic assessments are conducted using the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), typically in conjunction with a cognitive assessment. These assessments identify areas of academic strength or difficulty in school age children and also assist with diagnosis of specific learning disorders.Make an Appointment
Youthrive provides comprehensive DSM-5 ADHD assessments. These assessments are conducted by a psychologist and consist of a parent/caregiver interview, observation of the child at school or day care and administration of the Conner 3 ADHD ratings scales. A cognitive assessment is often also administered as part of this comprehensive assessment.Make an Appointment
Youthrive provides comprehensive DSM-5 Autism assessments in conjunction with your paediatrician or psychiatrist. These assessments are conducted by a multidisciplinary team and consist of a parent/caregiver interview, observation of the child at school or day care and administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the gold standard tool in autism assessment.Make an Appointment
Cognitive assessments can be provided for children aged from 2 ½ to 17 years of age. These cognitive, or IQ tests, provide an indication of ability in areas such as language and comprehension, practical reasoning, processing speed and working memory, as well as an overall cognitive ability score. They assist with identifying any cognitive impairments, including Intellectual disability and also help with determining a child’s specific cognitive strengths and difficulties.Make an Appointment
Rebates and Funding Programs
While Youthrive is a fee paying service, some Medicare and private health insurance rebates may be available for our services. Families are encouraged to speak with their GP and nominated health fund to find out whether they are eligible for various rebates. Please note rebates listed below are subject to change without notice.
Better Access to Mental Health - Medicare
A referral under this Medicare service is typically obtained following consultations with your GP or Paediatrician. Individuals who have obtained this referral, may potentially have access to up to 10 rebated sessions per calendar year. Rebates will vary dependent on whether your child sees a clinical psychologist or a general psychologist, we can provide clarification at the time of booking.Make an Appointment
Chronic Disease & Complex Needs initiative (Formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care Plan)
A referral under this Medicare service is typically obtained following consultations with your GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist. Individuals who have obtained this referral, may potentially have access to up to 5 rebated sessions per calendar year. A rebate of $52.95 is available regardless of whether your child sees a Clinical or General Psychologist.Make an Appointment
Helping Children with Autism initiative – Medicare
A referral under this Medicare service is typically obtained following consultations with your Paediatrician or Psychiatrist. Under this initiative, 4 sessions may be available for assessment purposes. Referrals can be made for children under 13 years old for assessment purposes and under 15 years old for therapy. A rebate of $84.80 is available regardless of whether your child sees a Clinical or General Psychologist.Make an Appointment
Follow Up Allied Health Services for People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent
Follow up allied health items are available to people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, on referral from their GP. A rebate of $52.95 is available regardless of whether your child sees a Clinical or General Psychologist.Make an Appointment
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start for Children with Disability
Youthrive is a recognised provider under the Department of Social Services funding under the ‘Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)’ and ‘Better Start for Children with Disability’ initiatives. Children under the age of 7 years who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a disability, may be eligible for funding for therapeutic services.Make an Appointment
Better Start for Children with Disability - Medicare
A referral under this Medicare initiative is typically obtained following consultations with your GP, specialist or consultant physician. Under this initiative, children with an eligible disability may receive a rebate on 4 sessions for assessment purposes and a further 20 sessions for therapy purposes.Make an Appointment
We Support Families by offering
A number of therapy styles and approaches in order to support children, young people and their families. Because the ‘one size fits all’ rule does not always apply, treatment plans often include a combination of therapy styles in order to develop specialised plan for the individual.