Local Paediatric Support Services and Therapists

 

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Support Services

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Amaze (Formerly Autism Victoria)

Address: 24 Drummond Street, Carlton (Near the cnr of Drummond & Victoria Streets)
Postal Address: PO Box 374, Carlton South, Vic 3053
Tel - Infoline:  1300 308 699
Email:  info@amaze.org.au   
Website:  www.amaze.org.au

Amaze helps individuals on the autism spectrum, their parents/carers and families, support groups, autism professionals, schools and all others who need information and assistance on the subject of autism.

Raising Children Network

Useful information on popular ASD topics such as; Learning about ASD, Behaviour, Communicating, Development, Therapies & services, Health & daily care

Website:  www.raisingchildren.net.au

Or Search:  “Autism Spectrum Disorder” for further information

ASD Transition Statements

This ‘ASDs Transition Learning & Development Statement’ was developed to supplement the DEECD ‘Transition: Positive Start to School Learning and Development Statement’. This additional information assists parents and professionals to have a shared understanding of the child’s symptoms of ASD, profile of abilities and how these impact upon him/her. It includes a summary of previous assessments and reports. It also provides information on the student’s learning profile and what teaching and management strategies are currently the most successful.  Visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au/assets/docs/scs/psychiatry/asds-transition-statement.pdf

Yellow LadyBugs

Yellow Ladybugs is dedicated to the happiness, success and celebration of autistic girls and women.  Yellow Ladybugs is a volunteer community group who proudly create social events, similar to birthday parties, where girls can come together and have the opportunity to meet and bond over their similar journey.  They have a website (link below) and also a Facebook page.

Website - https://www.yellowladybugs.com.au/

Resources:

Sensory Tools offers leading-edge treatment courses and products that specifically address issues associated with Sensory Processing, Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD.  Visit https://sensorytools.net/

Sensory Oasis for Kids: Sensory Products for Special Kids with Special Needs Proudly Australian owned & operated, Sensory Oasis for Kids is a Melbourne-based online & retail store run by a mum of three amazing Autistic boys.  Visit https://www.sensoryoasisforkids.com.au/

Download - Autism Spectrum Disorder Information

Child Protection/Child First

Child Protection

You should contact Child Protection if you have reasonable grounds for believing a child has suffered, or is suffering, significant harm.

All Early Childhood Educators are MANDATED to report to Child Protection.  This means Educators are legally obliged to report suspected child abuse.

Child Protection provides child-centered, family-focused services to protect children and young people from significant harm caused by abuse or neglect within the family. The family does not need to be notified or to give their consent to be referred to Child Protection.

Download - Child Protection Information

Child First

Child FIRST is an easily accessible, community-based point of entry for children, young people and families needing support. All families need support to meet their own and their children’s needs. Some families need a family support service when they are experiencing difficulties that make them more vulnerable, and impact on their parenting and family life.

A referral to Child FIRST may be the best way of connecting vulnerable children, young people and their families to the services they need to protect and promote their healthy development.

A Child First referral is preferably made with parental consent and input.

Download - Child First Information

Community Health

What Is A Community Health Service?

A community health service works in partnership with the local community to provide responsive, interconnected health and community services.  It is a not-for-profit organisation.

IPC Health Provides The Following Services For Children And Families:

  • Psychology (for children)                  
  • Family Services
  • Dietetics
  • Counselling Services (for parents)
  • Dental Services
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry      
  • Financial Counselling
  • Paediatricians

Download the IPC - Community Health Information

Counselling

Drummond Street

Kidz Talk child counselling and support is a short-term, no-cost, Child Mental Health Service for children who are at risk of developing, or are experiencing mild to moderate emotional, mental health or behavioural difficulties. This could include; anxiety, depression, emotional and behavioural issues and issues related to upbringing and negative life experiences, such as family breakdown, grief, loss, abuse and trauma.

For many families and at certain times in a child’s family life, it can be difficult to understand a child’s behaviours or emotions. Seeking help early and talking to someone about what is going on for your child at home, preschool or school can help you to learn valuable new skills and strategies to help you and your child.

Part of the Australian Government’s Access to Allied Psychological Services Child and Mental Health Service (ATAPS CMHS) initiative and funded by Melbourne Primary Care Network, ATAPS CMHS provides evidence-based psychological therapies.

Download - Drummond Street Information

Better Place Australia

Children and teens face a range of issues such as family conflict, loss of loved ones, change of school, exams, puberty and peer pressure.

Sadly, every year many are affected by the breakdown of their parent’s relationship.

Better Place Australia is one of only two organisations funded by the Federal Government to deliver a program especially for supporting children and teens whose families have separated or are going through relationship difficulties.

Download- Better Place Australia Information

Cultural and Linguistic Support

FKA Children's Services has a long history of achievement in the provision of Early Childhood Services.  FKA Children’s Services is a state-wide service that advocates for children’s cultural and linguistic rights and provides support to education and care services in the provisions of culturally rich environments.

FKA can support early childhood professionals in a variety of ways:

  1. Professional learning
  2. Multicultural Resource Centre
  3. A helpful website that includes:
    1. Translated information to download for families
    2. Information Sheets for educators on specific cultures
  4. Cultural Inclusion Support Program

Website: www.fka.org.au  Email: fkacs@fka.org.au  Phone: 9428 4471

Download - Cultural and Linguistic Support Information

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)

The word ‘Intervention’ can mean many things to different people. When the word is used when talking about early childhood development it can describe all different types of services that you can access.

ECEI is designed to promote learning, development, well-being and participation in the community.

Early Childhood Early Intervention support aims to:

  • promote the child’s learning, development and ability to participate in family, early childhood education and care settings and broader community life
  • Assist parents and families to have the knowledge, skills and support to respond to the needs of their child

ECEI support can be delivered by a range of professionals with specialist qualifications who apply their knowledge and expertise to support children to learn and develop.

ECEI in the Wyndham area is managed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Download - Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Information

Medicare rebates for seeing therapists

Medicare rebates are available under a Chronic Disease Management Plan (5 services per calendar year) or a Mental Health Treatment Plan (10 services per calendar year) which can be obtained from your Family doctor (GP).

Download - How to get Medicare rebates for seeing therapists

MyTime @ Tweddle

MyTime provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child aged 0-18 with a disability or chronic medical condition.  MyTime provides a place to socialise, to discuss, to get information, and to support and be supported by other carers.  MyTime is funded by the Department of Social Services and coordinated by The Parenting Research Centre.

Facilitators work with group members, helping them get to know each other and learn more about the services and supports in their area. Members choose what they would like to discuss in their groups, with help from the facilitator. Depending on what the group wants to do, the facilitator might guide group activities or provide resources.

Facilitators are workers from local organisations. They have qualifications and experience in disability, parenting or family support and bring to the MyTime group a good understanding of local resources and support services.

Discussion topics cover behaviour management and strategies around dealing with the challenges of public displays of frustration, schooling options and the enrolment criteria, success in toilet timing, eating new foods and when a child uses PECS to communicate.

The MyTime groups provide a relaxed environment to make friends and to explore and discuss helpful resources over a cup of tea or coffee while your child plays with the support of a play helper.

Locations:          

  • Point Cook – Featherbrook Community Centre, 33-35 Windorah Dve, Point Cook
  • Werribee – Wyndham Park Community Centre, 57 Kookaburra Ave, Werribee
  • Wyndham Vale – Manor Lakes College, 2-50 Minindee Road, Wyndham Vale

For more information – contact LeAnn Williams on 8387 0649.

Download - MyTime @ Tweddle Information

Occupational Therapists (OT)

Paediatric Occupational Therapy focuses on helping children develop skills which enable them to achieve the best of their abilities in areas including independence in self-care, sensory processing and fine motor skills.

The term ‘occupational’ in occupational therapy refers to the ‘occupations’ of our daily life. For a child this usually is Kindergarten, school, self-care or play.

Who can refer to an Occupational Therapist?

  • A parent can call and make an appointment for their child.

How do you refer to an Occupational Therapist?

Contact the therapist directly.

See the list attached for some of the OT’s in the Wyndham area who the family may contact.

Please Note:  Charges may apply, please contact the service direct for more information.  This list is not exhaustive and the PSFO Service do not endorse any service listed.

Families may be able to obtain Medicare rebates - please refer to the section How to get Medicare rebates for seeing therapists for more information.

Download – Occupational Therapists listings

Paediatricians

Who is a Paediatrician?

A Paediatrician is a doctor who specialises in children’s health and development.

When do you refer to a Paediatrician?

A referral to a Paediatrician would be made to gain support for any child showing concerns related to their learning, growth or development.

Who can refer to a Paediatrician?

To see a Paediatrician a referral must be gained from the family doctor (GP).

Once a referral is made by the family doctor, the parent is required to make contact with the Paediatrician’s office to make an appointment.

See the list attached for some of the Paediatricians in the area that the family can contact.

Please Note:  Charges may apply, please contact the service direct for more information.  This list is not exhaustive and the PSFO Service do not endorse any service listed.

Families may be able to obtain medicare rebates – the Paediatrician’s rooms will be able to advise the family.

Paediatric Fellow service at IPC health services

You can also make a referral to the Paediatric Fellow who is based at IPC Health Services in Hoppers Crossing.  Please see the Community Health section for more information.

A Paediatric Fellow is a doctor who is completing additional training to become a Paediatrician and conducts clinics at IPC Health Services under the auspice of the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital as part of their training. It is a different person each year.

Appointments with the Paediatric Fellow are free to families but appointments are limited and there are particular criteria to be eligible.

Download – Paediatricians listings

Psychologists

The Psychologist monitors children’s overall development by observing and understanding progress in learning alongside behavioural, emotional and social development. The Psychologist may also be available to help if there is some concern about a child’s emotional well-being and behaviour or difficulties within the family.

When do you refer to a Psychologist?

  • Involvement from a psychologist would occur when a child is displaying difficulties with their behaviour and/or interaction with their peers in a social setting.
  • A child who requires support with emotional and/or social development including stress and anxiety issues may also benefit from the services of a psychologist.

Who can refer to a Psychologist?

  • A parent can call and make an appointment for their child.

How do you refer to a Psychologist?

Parents are able to contact the therapist directly or through the family doctor.

See the list attached for some of the Psychologists in the Wyndham area who the family may contact.

Please Note:  Charges may apply, please contact the service direct for more information.  This list is not exhaustive and the PSFO Service do not endorse any service listed.

Download - Psychologists Listing

Speech Therapists

A Speech Therapist sees children who experience difficulties with talking or understanding language, including the social use of language as needed in conversing with others, asking for help etc. Advice is available to families in regards to encouraging language development at home. Speech therapists also work with children who have problems eating, drinking or other oral motor issues.

When do you refer to a Speech Therapist?

Speech therapy support would be necessary for a child who has speech and language delays. These may be in expressive language (i.e. the child’s ability to express themselves and be understood by others) or receptive language (i.e. the child’s ability to take in and process language to understand instructions etc.). 

It is important to check if the child is having difficulty hearing if there are concerns about the child’s speech and language development.

Who can refer to a Speech Therapist?

  • A parent can call and make an appointment for their child.

How do you refer to a Speech Therapist?

Contact the therapist directly.

See the list attached for some of the Speech Therapists in the Wyndham area who the family may contact.

Please Note:  Charges may apply, please contact the service direct for more information.  This list is not exhaustive and the PSFO Service do not endorse any service listed.

Families may be able to obtain Medicare rebates - please refer to the section How to get Medicare rebates for seeing therapists for more information.

Usually a speech therapist will request the child to have a hearing test completed before a speech assessment is completed.

Free hearing tests are available through Wyndham Health Care at 233 Heaths Rd Werribee 3030, ph: 9749 2766.  These are bulk billed and require a referral from a doctor.

Download - Speech Therapists listing

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