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Our team of experienced and enthusiastic psychologists provide a range of services tailored to suit your family’s needs. From early intervention for children with autism, to counselling for children and adolescents—we provide evidence-based and solution-focussed interventions. For parents who are struggling to understand their child’s behaviour, we offer supportive sessions to increase your parenting confidence and improve your connection with your child.
We understand that the process of determining whether your child presents with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often stressful, drawn-out and time-consuming. To make this easier, we offer a streamlined ASD assessment service—we provide all the necessary assessments and services required for a ‘gold standard’ ASD assessment. You can also come to us with a paediatrician’s referral for specific assessments if you’ve already started the process.
Our fees are significantly less than the rate recommended by the Australian Psychological Society to ensure our services are accessible. Most services are charged at $242 per hour and Medicare or health fund rebates may apply for services provided by fully registered psychologists.
Medicare rebates are available to people living with mental health difficulties including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, ADHD, conduct disorder, bereavement disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or sleep problems. You must be referred by a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician. You’ll need to book a long appointment with your GP who will determine your eligibility and prepare a Mental Health Care Plan if you are eligible.
We are a registered provider with FaHCSIA under the Helping Children with Autism initiative. This entitles families of a child with an ASD up to seven years old to receive up to $12,000 for Early Intervention over a period of two years. On top of the funding, children are eligible for Medicare rebates for up to 20 sessions with a psychologist. More information about FaHCSIA can be found here.
We work with families who self-mange their NDIS funding as well as supporting those who are just starting out with the application process. For families who don't self manage, we can help link you in with an agency to ensure you're still able to receive our services.
The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.Continue reading
Consulting an APS psychologist ensures you receive expert psychological services of the highest standard. APS psychologists have access to the latest research in the field and professional development, resources and support exclusive to members of the APS.Continue reading
The ABA approach and its techniques can help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn new ways of interacting with others, improve academically and use the skills they learn in different settings – at home, school and in the community.Continue reading
The Australian Psychological Society provides useful guidance on Medicare rebates for mental health services provided by psychologists.Continue reading
Out-of-pocket expenses will count towards the Medicare Safety Net. The Medicare Safety Net is designed to protect high users of health services from large out-of-pocket expenses.Continue reading
Minimising stress and surviving the ‘silly season’ School holidays and Christmas have snuck up on us this year. For some this is the first time in nearly three years when families are planning trips interstate or overseas to see their nearest and dearest. Even the calmest, most angelic kids can …Continue reading
We offer a range of developmental assessments for children. Contact us to determine whether an assessment is appropriate for your child and to discuss fees.
For a comprehensive assessment your child will need to meet separately with a paediatrician, speech pathologist and a psychologist who will liaise to determine whether or not your child meets the criteria for a diagnosis.
By administering the Bayley Scales we are able to identify your child’s areas of strength and weakness in the five key developmental domains of cognition, language, social-emotional, motor and adaptive behaviour.
The Vineland is used to assess individuals aged up to 90 years. It assesses the individual’s skills in specific areas and can help with treatment planning as well as helping to identify developmental delays, cognitive disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other impairments.
The WPPSI-V is an assessment of your child’s cognitive functioning – what some people might refer to as an IQ test. The WPPSI-V provides us with very valuable information about how your child thinks and can be essential in helping us plan the best ways to teach in order to maximise their potential.
The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardised assessment of communication, social interaction, play/imaginative use of materials, and restricted and repetitive behaviours. It is used for individuals who have been referred because they are showing signs of possible Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Administering the PEP-3 allows us to assess the skills and behaviors of children with autism and communicative disabilities with a developmental age between 6 months and 7 years. The profile resulting from the PEP-3 graphically charts uneven and idiosyncratic development, emerging skills, and autistic behavioral characteristics.
The WISC-IV is used to assess the general thinking and reasoning skills of children aged 6 years to 16 years. Test results include a full-scale IQ score as well as age-equivalent rankings and scores for verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory and processing speed.
The Reynell is a widely-used assessment for identifying speech and language delays and impairments in very young children.
We will respond more quickly to enquiries regarding our services for your child if you use the refer your child form.
345 Darebin Road,
Thornbury, Victoria, 3071.
P: 03 9079 8043
39 Camp Steet,
Beechworth, Victoria, 3747.
P: 03 9079 8043