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PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTATIONS

Initial Assessment—60 – 90 mins

The aim of the initial assessment is to gain an understanding of the concerns of both parent and child, to enable us to develop a treatment plan. Relevant information relating to the child’s development, medical history, family and school situation may be collected prior to the session. The session allows time for parents and the child to speak with the psychologist both individually and together so comprehensive decisions, strategies and goals can be formulated.

Standard Consultation—50 mins

These 50 minute sessions are part of a personalised ongoing treatment plan. The frequency of consultations and the total number of sessions needed varies according to each child’s requirements.

School Visits

School visits may be organised following the initial assessment as part of an ongoing treatment plan.

GROUP SESSIONS

 

Building Stronger Bonds

We are excited to announce that we are opening the doors to our 2024 group parenting program Building Stronger Bonds!

This program will help parents and caregivers  navigate the complexities of managing their child's emotions and behaviours through practical, evidence-based support.

​This therapy group is tailored for parents and caregivers of children 5-12 years of age who are eager to deepen their understanding of evidence-based parenting practices and cultivate a more harmonious family environment.

This program focuses on evidence-based, emotion-focused techniques that have been shown to help parents in connecting with their children and helping them build emotional resilience while enhancing the parent-child bond. In a relaxed and open environment, we'll explore effective strategies for understanding and responding to your child's emotions. Together, we'll also delve into practical approaches to managing behaviours with compassion and consistency.

AUTISM SPECTRUM ASSESSMENTS

We offer Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments. We utilise what are considered ‘gold standard’ assessments – the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) . The combined use of both of these assessment tools provides a more thorough and comprehensive clinical assessment and diagnosis of ASD. Our Provisional Psychologist, Chloe Southern is trained in these assessments and has worked with children and adults with ASD and co-morbid presentations for 8 years across the United Kingdom and now in Australia. The first appointment for new referrals will be scheduled within three months of the referral, as recommended by Autism CRC in the National Guidelines for Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism.

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS

Psychometric and Educational Assessments are offered to help gain an understanding of a child’s strengths and challenges. Sydney Children’s Practice utilises the latest Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children – Fifth Edition: Australian and New Zealand Standardised Edition (WISC-V A&NZ) and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition: Australian and New Zealand Standardised Edition (WPPSI-IV A&NZ) to test and measure cognitive abilities including reasoning, memory, attention, processing and language skills.

The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third Edition: Australian and New Zealand Standardised Edition (WIAT-III A&NZ) is a standardised test that measures a child’s educational performance across a range of domains including mathematics, spelling, reading and oral comprehension.

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