Families commonly wonder “at what point should we seek help for this?”. The short answer is if an issue is causing you (or the people around you) distress, or it is impacting upon your ability to undertake your usual activities, it is likely that professional input can help. Please note that early intervention is extremely important for young children. If you are unsure as to whether a concern you have for your child may benefit from professional input, consider coming along for one consultation to see what the clinician thinks. They do this every day and can give you peace of mind with their assessment.
The following are common concerns for which our clients are seeking assistance. They are detailed under headings of Children, Parenting, Adults, Diagnoses, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology. Please contact us for any further queries.
Parents commonly seek help for their children when they see something that isn’t working as they feel it should. Often parents can identify the concern, however, other times it might not be clear. Parents always come with the intention of doing the best for their children and helping them to develop into the best possible version of themselves. The following are some common concerns parents have for their children which prompt them to seek help from our service:
Parenting and dealing with difficult behaviour
Relationship concerns, including family conflict
Bullying and self-esteem
Fears, anxiety and worry
Grief and loss
Managing change, including divorce
Early childhood concerns including behaviour, tantrums etc.
KIDS HELPLINE offers telephone and web-based support for children and parents. Call 1800 55 1800.
We are pleased to nowprovide psycho-educational assessment for children and adolescents (ages 4-18) where there are concerns in the following areas:-
Emotional and behavioural difficulties
The point at which adult and child concerns converge is of particular interest to our clinicians. Many parents are worried they will repeat patterns of parenting they experienced as hurtful but don’t know how to do it differently. Seeing a psychologist with experience in this area is incredibly useful preparation for parenting, before or after birth, or indeed at any point. It’s never too late to improve parenting skills.
Pregnancy and birth are times full of expectation, from ourselves and others. When we don’t feel what we think we “should”, or what others tell us we must be feeling, it can be a lonely and difficult time. Gaining support through this is important for yourself, your family, and your child.
Clients seek help from our service for advice, support and therapy in this area. Common concerns regarding parenting include:
Prenatal anxiety and depression
Postnatal anxiety and depression
Pregnancy and birth concerns
IVF and unexpected pregnancy outcomes
Concerns about relationships between parent and children
Attachment education and therapy
“Where is the manual on how to parent?!”
Parenting differently than your own parents
Parenting with confidence
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) is an excellent resource for families in the perinatal period with mental health challenges. PANDA's national helpline is available Mon-Fri 9am-7:30pm AEST, call 1300 726 306. Much information on Perinatal Anxiety and Depression is available via their website.
SANDS (Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Newborn Death Support) provide support specific to losing a baby. Their national helpline is available 24 hours, call 1300 072 637, online support is also available via the website. Local support groups meet around Adelaide, please contact SANDS
The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a screening tool commonly used for antenatal and postnatal depression. Further support is encouraged for a score higher than 10. Any score greater than 0 on question 10 requires further psychological support. Please note that this is only a screening tool and may not identify some types of distress (such as anxiety). If you don't feel like yourself please seek further support.
All manner of concerns can impact our ability to undertake usual activities. This doesn’t mean we’re crazy! In fact, having the insight to seek therapeutic input when needed is a pretty good indication of sanity. Sometimes things just get on top of us and it can be useful to gain some input from a well trained professional as to how to manage stress or difficult events in our lives. Other times individuals may well suffer from concerns which would fit psychological diagnoses. A wide range of concerns are treatable with effective support. The following are some common concerns adult clients seek help from our service for:
Depression and poor mood
Lack of life direction
Anxiety, worry and panic attacks
Grief and bereavement
Difficulty managing studies or work
Difficulty managing emotion
Body issues and eating concerns
Sometimes people come with goals of “Getting my head straight” or “working out what is going on with me”. In these instances the individuals can recognise something isn’t right but aren’t sure what – and that’s fine. Together we can identify what is getting in the way of being your usual self, or the self you’d like to be, and then develop a plan to work towards your goals.
BEYOND BLUE provide web based information regarding mental health, along with telephone and online support. Call 1300 224 636.
Of course sometimes individuals have psychiatric diagnoses attributed by themselves or others for which they require help. Many diagnoses which are not on the list below are also treatable. Common diagnoses of clients include:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Paediatric Occupational Therapy
What does Occupational Therapy have to do with children? Occupational therapy is concerned with anything that impacts an individual's ability to undertake the normal activities of living. A child's job is to play! When a child's ability to do this is impaired an occupational therapist can help. It is important to see an OT with experience in treating children of a similar age to your child, as they will be able to offer the best assistance. Ali Taylor specialises in working with babies and children up to school age. Some common concerns Ali works with include:
Foundation skills (registration, regulation, alertness and attention)
Behaviour (challenging behaviour, anxiety etc)
Fine motor and hand skills
Self care skills - toileting, dressing, mealtimes.
Paediatric Speech Pathology
Speech Pathologists assess, diagnose and treat people who have communication difficulties. Children may experience difficulties in their development including production of speech sounds, the understanding of spoken language, using the appropriate grammar in sentences and social and pragmatic skills.
Our speech pathologist is a specialist in helping children with communication difficulties reach their full potential, whilst having fun along the way! Your child may benefit from seeing a speech pathologist if you have concerns with any of the following:
- You or other family members are concerned about your child’s speech or language development.
- Your child:
- is frustrated trying to communicate.
- has problems following directions or understanding what is said.
- is not saying single words by 18 months.
- is not using two word sentences by 2 ½ years.
- speech is difficult to understand by 3 years
- has problems socializing with you or other children.
- is experiencing difficulties learning to read.
Please contact us on 8210 9443 for an appointment or further information.
Disclaimer: The above is presented for educational purposes only. Each individual is different. Please call 8210 9443 and make a time to discuss your own concerns.
If you are experiencing a crisis please call Mental Health Triage on 13 14 65 or go to your nearest emergency department.