Does your child often “act out” for no apparent reason? Perhaps you are worried they might have signs of dyslexia, autism or ADHD or some other form of developmental delay? 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. Immaturities in your child’s early development can show up in your their movements, emotions, behaviour, learning and communication.
Screening for Developmental Delay
Your child’s early development begins before they are even born. While they are still in utero they are moving and listening to the sounds of your voice. After birth, your child will slowly gain new skills, especially during floor play and tummy time, the building blocks for learning.
Sometimes, however, this early development can be interrupted. You may notice that your child is not reaching milestones the same as other children the same age. Perhaps they are struggling to keep up at school?
Gaps in early development can make it harder for your child to learn. They may struggle to read and write, make friends, or sit still and concentrate at school.
School Readiness Assessment
An Assessment for School Readiness (5 to 6 years) is a way to help younger children by identifying gaps in early development that affect classroom learning. We can work together to build on your child’s early skills before they start school, giving them a much better chance of success.
Learning Difficulties Assessment
Screening for Learning Difficulties in older children who are struggling at school can help to identify immaturities in early stages of sensory and motor development. We will be looking for signs of delay in a number of areas – social, emotional, physical, communication, behavioural and thinking.
The good news is that these gaps can be addressed with an individualised program, both learning and behaviour improves. We usually find gains in all areas of learning, not just reading and writing, but also social, emotionally and physically as well.
Your child will find it easier to make friends and to sit still and concentrate in a classroom. As their coordination develops, they will be able to join in with sporting and other activities more easily.
Support for Parents and Carers
A good place to start is with supporting you, the parents and carers. You are one of the most important people in your child’s life, and we will be working together to help your child.
Individual Counselling or Psychotherapy sessions offer you a place to talk privately about your concerns. Together we can work out the best way to help your child. Of course, everything you say in these sessions is kept completely confidential.
The Circle of Security Parenting Program
Many parents have found the Circle of Security Parenting program has helped build closer relationships with their children. When we can see the meaning behind a child’s behaviour, it helps to understand why they are happening, and how we can help them.
This parenting program is available both individually and for small groups. It can be helpful to share your parenting experiences with other parents, as there are always others facing exactly the same issues that you are.
Parents in recent classes have commented that “every parent should do this” and “this program has changed our lives”.
To learn more, or to book an initial parent consultation, call Rosalind on 0474 095 432