Child and Youth Services psychologists provide a range of therapy, assessment and consultation services to children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Psychologists will work closely with you to develop a plan of support or therapy to address the individual needs and priorities of your child and family.
Psychologists are able to provide assessment and therapy services in the following areas:
- Assessment of child development to provide an improved understanding of the child's developmental level and identify priorities for skills development.
- Comprehensive assessment of child behaviour concerns in order to understand the behaviour and develop a positive behaviour support plan.
- Support for family members to practise strategies to address behaviours of concern.
- Assessment and therapy in relation to your child's emotional development, for example addressing anxiety, regulation of emotions and relationship issues.
- Strategies to assist your child to develop social and play skills, and cope with change and transitions.
- Assistance to explore ways for all family members to manage the challenges that relate to their child's developmental delay or disability, and support positive family relationships.
- Advice and consultancy when your child is experiencing difficulties in participating at school or other community activities.
Child and Youth Services psychologists work closely with your child's other therapists and support services to provide a coordinated and comprehensive service.