Amanda Abel, psychologist, has over fourteen years’ experience working with families and has a special interest in paediatrics, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, learning difficulties, disabilities and behaviour management. She has worked in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors which has allowed her to gain extensive experience helping a wide range of clients.
While working as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA therapy) therapist during her tertiary studies, Amanda developed a particular interest in early intervention for children with autism, developmental delays, disabilities and challenging behaviours. Amanda’s honours thesis investigated the social skills, friendship expectations and attention of high functioning children with autism, and this was presented in 2004 at the 3rd Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Forum, Melbourne.
After her own experience becoming a mother, Amanda undertook the Circle of Security Parenting® (COS-P) training and is now a registered COS-P parent educator. She has now combined her knowledge of behaviour modification with the attachment principles from the COS-P program to provide families with practical strategies that are sensitive and responsive to their child’s emotional needs.
Dr Daniel Golshevsky specialises in children’s acute and chronic medical conditions from birth to 18 years, with particular interests in neuro-developmental problems, autism spectrum disorder, newborns and unsettled babies, toileting problems, as well as sleep and behaviour issues. Daniel works as part of the multi-disciplinary autism assessment team at Monash Children's Hospital. Practicing holistic care with a family-centred approach, he believes that every child needs a management plan that is tailored to them, within their psycho-social environment. Daniel also has a strong interest in the media and its positive and negative effects on children’s health, recently publishing on the effects of screen time on sleep and weight in children. Known in the media as Dr Golly, he appears regularly on Channel Seven’s Good Friday Appeal as well as other television and print features.
Daniel is an experienced General Paediatrician, who trained at The University of Melbourne and The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH). Daniel has worked at RCH since 2009 and has three young children of his own. He is the former Chief Resident Medical Officer of RCH and is involved in the creation and maintenance of the RCH Clinical Practice Guidelines, an online paediatric resource used internationally. He is also a regular expert reviewer for the Raising Children Network website.
Lisa is a registered psychologist with over 10 years' experience working with children and their families. During her tertiary training, Lisa developed a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and now applies her experience and knowledge to our ASD assessment team and ASD early intervention programs as an ABA supervisor. In 2010 Lisa completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and sumitted a qualitiative thesis that explored the lives of parents with young children diagnosed with ASD. In particular, the thesis investigated how parents cope post-diagnosis.
Lisa is now able to use her intricate knowledge in this area to support the families she works with when diagnosing, as an ABA supervisor, and when counselling children and adolescents. Lisa has volunteered with the KIDS Foundation by working with burns survivors and their families. Lisa is dedicated and passionate to help children and families feel supported and empowered through learning new skills for life.
Liam is a paediatrician, having completed specialty training in 2005. Over the last two years, Liam has concentrated on outpatient consulting, especially for young children for whom concerns about their development have been raised.
Over this period Liam has taken particular interest in new scientific understanding of, and research into, the amazing mystery of brain and mind development in both normal children, and in children with disordered or atypical development. He is particularly galvanised by findings from the emerging fields of developmental cognitive neuroscience, and “neuroconstructivism”.
Liam’s approach with families is engaging, and firmly based on the need of families for meaningful explanations of “what’s going on” for their individual child, rather than abstract theorising or pigeon-holing.
Liam’s PhD dissertation was strongly medicolegal, examining profound and complex social, legal and ethical issues inherent in promoting the interests of vulnerable children in society.
When work and professional commitments allow, Liam enjoys home life with his wife and three young daughters (this pursuit is generally just as hectic). He secretly quite enjoys putting their shattered Lego sets back together when they can’t be bothered, though he passes this off as his “mindfulness” time.
Our team of experienced and enthusiastic psychologists provide a range of services tailored to suit your family’s needs. From early intervention (Applied Behaviour Analysis or ABA) 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.
Our highly-skilled paediatricians Dr Daniel Golshevsky and Dr Liam Tjia accept referrals for general paediatric issues such as neuro-developmental problems, autism spectrum disorder, newborns and unsettled babies, toileting problems, as well as sleep and behaviour issues. Both Daniel and Liam are experienced with treating children with ASD and their associated medical issues.
We understand that the process of determining whether your child presents with 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. From your initial consultations with experienced paediatricians, to the psychology assessments (ADOS-2, ADI-R and WPPSI-IV/WISC-5) and speech pathology assessments, you can complete the entire process under the one roof—and quickly! 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 $220 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
Amaze (formerly Autism Victoria) provides useful guidance on the number of Medicare rebates that might be relevant for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.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
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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. ASD Assessment Information Sheet (PDF).
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-IV is an assessment of your child’s cognitive functioning – what some people might refer to as an IQ test. The WPPSI-IV 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.