Services

We offer a range of services including, anxiety management, behavioural support, developmental assessment, social skills training, and problem solving.

We offer therapeutic support to children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of challenges from increasing feelings of wellbeing through to a range of mental health disorders.  Therapy assists young people to develop coping methods to help them thrive.  We use evidence based practices and are more than happy to liaise with your child’s school or health care team.

Our clinicians can support your young person with the following:

  • Anxiety (including phobias, separation anxiety, OCD)
  • Depression, low mood
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • ADHD symptoms
  • Trauma and grief
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • School refusal
  • Tourette’s / Tic disorders
  • Adjusting to family or life changes
  • Bullying
  • Managing exam stress and improving study skills
 

The number of sessions depends on the presenting problem, treatment method and child and family’s response to treatment.

We provide assessments that assist individuals with emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties.  We also assess for giftedness.  Assessments can be intellectual, academic, behavioural or observational.

What can we learn from an intellectual assessment? 

An intellectual assessment can provide you with a great deal of information about your child’s individual cognitive functioning.  For example, an intellectual assessment can:

  • Identify areas of strength & weakness within your child’s cognitive profile
  • Determine whether your child is achieving at their potential on classroom achievement tasks
  • Identify whether your child may be experiencing specific learning difficulties
  • Identify your child’s learning style
  • Determine where your child’s level of cognitive functioning & classroom learning falls, when compared to other children of the same age
  • Identify whether your child is  intellectually gifted.

What does the assessment involve?

Throughout the assessment process, your child will complete a variety of different activities, measuring different components of their intellectual functioning.  These subtests are presented to your child as a series of games and puzzles.   The variety of tasks involved helps to ensure that your child remains engaged in the testing process and finds it both challenging and enjoyable. The assessment can take anywhere between 1.5—4 hours.  We will work at your child’s pace and take breaks as often as necessary.   

At what age can my child be tested?

Intellectual assessments can be conducted with children aged between 2 years 6 months and 18 years of age.  Intellectual assessments can also be conducted for adults of any age. 

What does the report include?

Once the assessment is complete, we can provide a comprehensive report including:

  • An explanation of your child’s results
  • Analysis of your child’s performance in each of the areas assessed
  • An indication of how your child’s performance compares to other children of the same age group
  • Recommendations for how best to address any identified weaknesses, or extend any areas of strength

If there are any questions arising out of the report, we are more than happy to meet with you to discuss these in more detail. 

What is the cost of the assessment?

The assessment itself takes anywhere between 1 and 4 hours, and the subsequent report also takes up to 3 hours.  Assessments are billed at an hourly rate.  Private health rebates may be claimed on assessment costs (depending on your level of cover), but not on report writing fees.

What are the benefits of having an intellectual and academic assessment?

An intellectual assessment provides a great deal of information about your child’s cognitive functioning and learning.  Such information is not only useful for parents, but is invaluable for teachers.  If you choose to provide a copy of the report to your child’s school, the teachers can employ the recommendations outlined in the report to give your child the best learning experience possible. 

Where a learning difficulty is identified, teachers are able to use the information provided in the report to develop an individualised program to assist your child. 

We are more than happy to attend any meetings with school staff to provide further explanation about the report, and assist teachers in determining how best to employ the recommendations in the classroom

If you are interested in organising an intellectual or academic assessment, or have any queries you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We offer a wide range of professional development sessions and workshops for:

  • Schools & teaching staff
  • Parents and carers
  • Health professionals

Past sessions have included:

  • Anxiety in Gifted Populations
  • Perfectionism
  • Fostering friendship skills in children
  • Fussy eaters
  • Anxiety and Chronic Illness

Please email to register your interest.