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Educational Assessments and Treatments Including Autism Spectrum Disorder

At Adelaide Psychological Services we have a dedicated team of experienced Senior Psychologists who perform a range of Educational assessments and treatments including that of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our Autism treatment programs are tailored to each child’s individual needs and often encompass areas such as social skills training, emotional regulation, and applied behavioural analysis. We provide services to those who are registered with plans through the NDIS and for private patients. Medicare rebates may be available for some of these services.

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7th World Congress on Family Law

Dr Don Tustin presented a paper about Mental Health Treatment Reports submitted as evidence to a Family Court at the recent 7th World Congress on Family Law. Following the introduction of subsidies for psychological treatment for people with anxiety and depression in Australia in 2006, GPs are increasingly referring parents who are experiencing difficulties over separations and family law proceedings.

Following therapy, some parents ask for a treatment report about progress they have made in therapy and submit these reports to a Family Court.   Australian Family Law Courts are increasingly accepting mental health treatment reports. Family Courts have shown particular interest in treatment reports for parents who: struggle to co-parent, involve children in adult disputes, struggle to discipline their child because the child becomes anxious, struggle to establish clear boundaries, and when two parents struggle to communicate without one parent becoming anxious or depressed.

Judges are expressing interest in treatment reports that help a child to learn resilience skills, and to participate in family discussions about disputes between their parents that impact on the child.  There is also interest in parenting practices that are suitable for children with distinct temperaments.

Feedback from judges is that these reports help to clarify complex topics, and support parents to maintain contact with their children which is the aim of the 2006 amendments to the Family Law Act.

The feedback about Don’s paper was that Australia is ahead of other parts of the world in providing therapy for families who are distressed by separation.

If you would like more information on this approach please contact Adelaide Psychological Services on 82954150.

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Adolescent Anxiety and Early Intervention

With ever increasing access to the world through social media our children are more exposed to the ugly side of the world than ever before.

The Guardian in the UK reports that a major British children’s charity has released research stating that an increasing number of our children are concerned over world events and this is their primary cause of anxiety.

Recent figures show a 35% uplift in contacts by children and teenagers to counselling services in the past 12 months alone.

At Adelaide Psychological we believe in Early Intervention Psychology, and our psychologists are experienced in working with teenagers who are showing the early signs of anxiety.

We believe that prevention is far better than cure when it comes to mental health.

World events can be upsetting, frightening and overwhelming to teenagers and we need to help our kids build a better resilience to cope with this new world.

If you or your child is struggling to find healthy coping strategies or want to make sure you have these in place, then we can help.

Ask us about Early Intervention Psychology.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/31/childline-anxiety-calls-spike-uk-children-express-fears-global-events-brexit-syria

 

 

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Behavioural Change in Children

As parents we are always needing to guide our children’s behaviour.

From little things to big things, it can be quite a challenge sometimes teach our children the important life skills we know they need.

Small changes may occur simply because we ask.

But larger changes are more fundamental and require more effort from both our children and ourselves.

But where do you start?

At Adelaide Psychological we recommend a structure 5 step program to behavioural change.

  • What are you struggling with? What are you trying to change? Is it age appropriate?
  • Consider your child temperament. How does it affect the changes you are trying to make?
  • Consider your own parenting style? Yes we all have a different parenting style and it needs to adapt over time as our children grow older.
  • Tryout a set of interventions. Our intervention programs run over a 1 month period and are tailored to your needs by our psychologists.
  • Review your plan with our psychologists and ensure you are getting a positive outcome, and achieve great mental wellbeing in your family.

If you need help putting together your plan, understanding your child’s temperament or your own parenting style speak to one of our psychologists for more info.

PH 08 82954150

www.psychadelaide.com.au

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