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.
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. However, sometimes, this early development can be interrupted. It is not your fault, and there is no blame attached to this.
Screening for Developmental Delay (7 and over) 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.
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. The good news is that these gaps can be addressed with an appropriate program, designed to suit your child’s individual needs.
You are one of the most important people in your child’s life. Your input is valuable and we will be working together to help your child.
An Assessment for Developmental Delay (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 to give them a much better chance of success.
The good news is that when delays in early development, both learning and behaviour improves. With help, your child can find it easier to make friends, sit still and concentrate in a classroom, become more coordinated, have fun and join in games.
Support for Parents and Carers
A good place to start is with supporting you, the parents and carers. After all, you are the most important people in your child’s life.
The Circle of Security Parenting program can help you to build closer relationships with your children. Understanding the meaning behind your child’s behaviours help us to see them as the child’s way of letting us know there is something wrong.
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.
Individual Counselling/ Psychotherapy sessions offer a chance to talk privately about what is bothering you. Together we can work out the best way to help your children. Of course, everything you say in these sessions is kept completely confidential.
Parents in recent classes have commented that “every parent should do this” and “this program has changed our lives”.
If you think your child might have some delay in their early development, please give me a call on 0474 095 432. We can have a chat about your child’s needs and work out what you would like to do.
If you are self and plan managed
- You might be covered for Counselling sessions under your NDIS plan. Please talk to your ECEI Coordinator, LAC or NDIA planner.
- If your child is aged 0 – 6 and you have concerns with their behaviour and/or early development, you may be eligible to receive parenting support from the NDIS through the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) program.