What We Provide
With Child and Youth Services your child has access to a team of therapists, including:
Children with developmental delays or disabilities often present with complex developmental needs. A comprehensive professional assessment of your child's needs can assist you, as parents, to make sound decisions about therapy and intervention support for your child. Specialist assessment of particular areas of development can form the basis of a therapy plan designed to achieve the best outcomes, that maximise your child's potential.
Child and Youth Services offers a range of specialist assessments, undertaken by skilled and experienced therapists from a range of professional backgrounds including Speech pathology, Occupational therapy, Psychology, Developmental education, Physiotherapy and Social work.
Specialist Assessments can include:
- Developmental assessment – a comprehensive assessment of the key areas of development- Communication, social skills, physical skills, cognitive skills, daily living skills and emotional development.
- Behavioural assessment – an assessment that aims to identify developmental, environmental, biological, sensory or social factors that may be linked to the behaviours of concern, and includes development of positive intervention strategies.
- Communication assessment - an assessment of the child's understanding of language and communication skills, along with ideas for augmentative communication and assistive technology.
- Eating and Drinking – assessment of complex feeding concerns that may involve medical, sensory or behavioural issues, and development of Oral Eating and Drinking Care Plans where needed.
- Sleeping – a detailed assessment of Sleeping difficulties to enable an individualised Sleep program to be developed.
- Toilet training – a specialist assessment that provides information on the child's readiness for toilet training, and factors to be addressed when the child has long term difficulties with toileting.
- Psychological assessment - an assessment by a psychologist can provide formal assessment of intellectual ability, or assessment of emotional, behavioural or mental health issues.
- Family relationships - an assessment of family relationships or concerns including relationships between the child with disability, siblings and parents to assist the family to identify the type of support or therapy that would be beneficial.
- Detailed assessment of specific developmental areas such as sensory assessment, social- emotional assessment, physical skills can also be provided.
Children with developmental delays and disabilities may display behaviours that create additional challenges for themselves and their families and carers.
These behaviours can develop for many reasons. For example, they may be associated with difficulties in communication, developing relationships, managing emotions or coping with other physical or social environmental factors. Sometimes these behaviours limit the child's opportunities to participate in their community, and have an impact on family life and school experiences.
Child and Youth Services has a transdisciplinary team of behaviour specialists who can provide expert advice, assessment and intervention to assist children with disabilities and behavioural difficulties. Behaviour intervention services are delivered by one or more specialists including, Psychologists, Speech pathologists, Occupational therapists or Developmental educators.
Behavioural interventions are specifically designed to meet the individual needs of your child and family, and may include:
- A comprehensive assessment of your child's behaviour
- A positive behaviour support plan with clear strategies that can be practiced at home or in other environments
- Targeted skill development to teach your child new skills or behaviours, for example social and communication skills
- Transition support, to assist the child in coping with significant change such as moving schools
- Support for all family members to develop a deeper understanding of their child's behaviours, and build confidence in supporting their child.
Intensive Behaviour Support
When behaviours are particularly concerning, Child and Youth Services also provides intensive behaviour intervention services.
Intensive behaviour intervention specialists are experienced in assisting children with serious, complex or high risk behaviours. They work with families to develop an intensive program of support, based on the unique needs of each child and family.
This service is metropolitan based. For families living in country locations, a Rural and Remote Outreach Service that is able to travel to country locations to provide assessment and consultation services, training to family members, staff and carers, and additional distance intervention and support.
Leaving school and planning for the future
Leaving school is a time of great change. It means leaving behind the familiar school setting and routines and starting life as an adult, exploring new challenges and opportunities.
Planning in advance and being aware of all possible options is really important. We can work with you, your son or daughter and their school to develop an individualised plan to support the transition to life after school.
The unique transition plan is based on each young person's aspirations, strengths and abilities and takes into account their lifestyle options and work/life balance. Educational goals to support successful transition from school are an integral part of the plan and this includes work experience and/or visits to preferred options.
Child and Youth Services also provides a range of specialist assessments to help support the young person's transition such as an assessment of their independent living skills. We also work with education providers to ensure that your child's next step to post school options is best suited to their strengths, abilities and interests.
Child and Youth Services have a wealth of experience in assisting families and young people when they leave school making sure they have the right information. This will ensure the move from school to the next stage occurs as smoothly and as worry free as possible.
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Child and Youth Services staff offer expert advice in choosing and tailoring equipment and assistive technology to meet the individual needs of children and young people. Experienced physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology staff prescribe equipment and assistive technology, and following supply, provide training in it's use.
Child and Youth Services therapy staff are qualified to support children and young people with equipment needs in a range of areas such as:
- Mobility including orthotics, walkers, bikes, strollers and manual wheelchairs
- Positioning including supports for sitting and standing
- Bathing including shower chairs and bath supports
- Eating and Drinking including modified seating, cups, bowls and cutlery
- Home modifications to safety and independence including specific taps, shower hoses, rails, slip resistant floor tiles and ramps
- Sensory needs including weighted blankets and vests
- Communication technology including communication devices and supporting software and applications (apps)
- Apps for children's learning and development.
Raising a child with a developmental delay or disability can bring additional stress and issues of grief and loss can arise at various points during a child's development.
Our staff have experience in supporting individuals and families during these times and have knowledge about what has helped others in similar situations.
Whether you are needing support to make sense of a new diagnosis or are managing a challenging period in your child's development, our staff are here to help.
In addition to our support services, there are many other services that may also be of assistance including:
NB: If you are needing urgent support please contact the Mental Health Triage Service on 13 14 65
For more detail on mental health services for children and adults in South Australia CLICK HERE