Does your child often “act out” for no apparent reason? Perhaps you are worried they might have signs of autism or ADHD? Maybe you are concerned that they are falling behind other children in reaching certain milestones?
Children often find it hard to tell us how they are feeling. They get angry or frustrated and hit out, yelling and screaming. Maybe they seem uncoordinated and bump into things, often say “huh” or “what”, or find it difficult to make friends.
All of these behaviours can be signs of developmental delay. You can learn more on the Australian Government Website, raising children.net.au. Immaturities in your child’s early development can show up in your their movements, emotions, behaviour, learning and communication.
The NDIS offers support to families and carers of children with developmental delays that are likely to be ongoing. You may be eligible to receive support to help your children to develop the skills they need for everyday life.
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Are you confused about the difference between hearing and listening, and wonder how they affect learning and behaviour?
Do you ever wonder why your child can detect the sound of lolly wrappers at 50 metres, but appears unable to listen and follow instructions?
You know your child can hear, but how well can they listen, or understand what they are hearing?
For many of us, the ability to process sensory information has been impacted by overwhelming events during infancy and early childhood. When we were frightened, our bodies adapted. Over time, we may have learnt to tune in to background sounds, rather than focus on the human voice.
When a parent brings a child with signs of autism, ADHD or dyslexia, I usually offer a listening assessment as part of a general assessment for developmental delay. Many children who struggle in the classroom have immaturities in auditory processing ability. That is, they find it difficult to block out background sounds and to focus on the teacher’s voice. They may also find it difficult to focus on a parent’s voice in a busy home environment.
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Is your child struggling to keep up in school? Do they find it hard to make friends, get into trouble for wriggling around, or talking too much in class? Perhaps they struggle with expressing themselves emotionally, become easily frustrated, or withdraw and shut themselves away .
It is likely that your child is struggling with some form of developmental delay. This means that early stages of development were missed, or are incomplete. As parents, we don’t always know where to turn for help.
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Are you struggling to understand your child’s challenging behaviours? Perhaps you are concerned that your child has signs of autism or ADHD. Maybe he or she throws tantrums, has meltdowns, often complains of headaches, tummy aches about going to school, or is fearful of trying anything new?
Perhaps you have a child who behaves impeccably at school, sits quietly in class, then comes home and acts out, kicking and screaming angrily. In my practise I have found this to be a common behaviour, but something you might be uncomfortable talking about. I know I was.
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Do you ever have the feeling that you just want to hide? Your palms get sweaty, your stomach churns, your breathing comes in shallow gasps, your thoughts are racing and you have trouble concentrating?
Perhaps you are feeling the need to constantly stay on alert? Your movements feel a bit awkward and uncoordinated and you struggle to find the words to express yourself?
For some of us this can happen regularly, without warning, and we have no idea where these feelings have come from.
These behaviours can all be signs of anxiety.
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I’m often asked “What is Psychotherapy? How is it different from Psychology?”
Exploring the field of available therapies can be confusing. There are so many different options to choose from. Perhaps you are curious about how Psychology and Psychotherapy differ. Are they, in fact, just two different ways of looking at the same mental health issues?
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Relax, Restore, Unwind
Holidays provide a wonderful opportunity to treat yourself to healing therapies that are often difficult to fit into everyday life. A hectic work/family/life balance can leave little time for attending to underlying stress and tensions. It’s often easier to push concerns aside, and “just get on with it”.
Being on holiday is a great time to let go of some of that “busyness”, and chatting with a Counsellor or Psychotherapist can offer some well-deserved “me” time. Chances are you will return home feeling more balanced and emotionally lighter. This can be especially helpful if you have been struggling with some recent challenges.
Perhaps there is something in your life you would like to change. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with a vague feeling that there might be more to life?
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Have you, or someone close to you, experienced miscarriage, or the loss of a child during pregnancy?
The impact of such a loss can have a profound impact, and the depth of sadness can at times seem overwhelming. It is not always easy to share these experiences with friends and family.
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Are you concerned about your children’s challenging behaviours, and would like some parenting support?
Would you like to build a closer relationship with your children, but worry that too much attention will “spoil” them?
How do we learn to be the best possible parents to our children, when they don’t come with instruction manuals? Or do they?
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Starting school is an exciting time, and parents always have great hopes for their children’s future.
For many children, however, life in the classroom can be quite overwhelming.
This feeling of overwhelm may increase anxiety, resulting in learning and behavioural difficulties. These behaviours are often seen as signs of autism, ADD, ADHD or dyslexia.
Behaviours are Telling us a Story
Children’s behaviours tell us a story. They are your child’s way of expressing some really big feelings that they are unable to understand and find the words for.
A stressed child’s nervous system can be constantly triggered in the classroom. This continually interrupts their ability to focus and pay attention. Rather than using strategies and systems of punishment to manage behaviours, it is important to look behind these behaviours, and address the cause.
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