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 may be organised following the initial assessment as part of an ongoing treatment plan.
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.
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.
Music Therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention where we use music to address issues and improve development in your child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and/or physical functioning. Musical activities are tailored for each individual client in order to achieve personalised goals and outcomes.
Music therapy sessions last for 45 minutes, and we use a combination of the following activities:
- self-expression using improvisation on various instruments
- guidance in playing music using adaptive techniques
- guided music listening and appreciation
- using music to relax and self-regulate
- opportunity to use music of client’s own preference
- song writing and song analysis
The frequency of consultations and the total number of sessions needed varies according to each child’s requirements. As a guide, most clients benefit from a minimum of 6 sessions of Music Therapy usually on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Your child is given an assessment by our Registered Music Therapist to determine the best approach and to set therapy goals.
Please note: Group sessions are currently not on offer throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page when we are able to offer group sessions again.
Secret Agent Society
While typically offered as a group program, we are also able to offer an adapted version of this program individually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We offer the Social Skills Training Institute’s program Secret Agent Society, a fun and exciting social skills program for children aged between 8 and 12 years old. This evidence-based multimedia program helps improve social and emotional resilience in individuals with a range of challenges including:
- High functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Anger management difficulties
- Other general challenges with friendships, team work, conversations or staying calm