We are pleased to now provide psycho-educational assessment for children and adolescents (ages 4-18) where there are concerns in the following areas:-
Learning difficulties (including dyslexia)
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.
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.