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 as a result of abuse or neglect and that their parent has not protected or is unlikely to protect the child from harm of that type.  A reasonable belief does not require proof.

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.

For more detailed information, download the page here:

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

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)

In 2018, The Brotherhood of St Laurence partnered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to deliver Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services In Wyndham.

ECEI services support children 0-6 years with either a developmental delay or a severe disability in Western Melbourne. More information about this service can be found at:

https://ndis.bsl.org.au/early-childhood-early-intervention/about-us/

Children do not need a diagnosis to refer – only one area of significant delay in their development (this can be in any area).

WHAT IS EARLY CHILDHOOD EARLY INTERVENTION (ECEI)?

ECEI is designed to promote learning, development, well-being and participation in the community. This is done in partnership with the family, and with the family’s permission, any key people in the child’s life e.g. their Teacher/Educator. This is a FREE service.

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

 DOWNLOAD THE INFO SHEET

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

Multicultural and Linguistic Support

For details of a variety of Multicultural services available in Wyndham download the Multicultural and Linguistic Support information sheet.

Occupational Therapists (OT)

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

Occupational Therapy works towards helping to make ‘life easier’ for children with developmental challenges.

Download the document here to find out more information, eg When to seek support, how to refer and details of some Occupational Therapists in the Wyndham area. 

NB the list of services included in the document is not exhaustive and is not a list of recommended services by the PSFO Service.  If you discover any new services in your area, we would be happy to add them to our list, please send details to psfo.service@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

Paediatricians

WHAT IS A PAEDIATRICIAN?

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

WHEN TO SEEK SUPPORT

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

This may include:

  • Developmental delay, including language delay
  • Behaviour problems such as attention problems, aggression, poor emotional regulation, defiance and social challenges
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or suspicions of ASD
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or suspicions of ADHD
  • Sleep and eating problems
  • Learning difficulties
  • Continence problems such as daytime wetting, soiling, constipation, night-time wetting
  • General medical conditions such as asthma, eczema, food allergies, abdominal pain, failure to thrive, urinary tract infections
  • Follow up for babies born prematurely or term babies who experienced difficulties during their neonatal period

Download the document here to find out more information, eg How to refer and details of some Paediatricians in the Wyndham area.

NB the list of services included in the document is not exhaustive and is not a list of recommended services by the PSFO Service.  If you discover any new services in your area, we would be happy to add them to our list, please send details to psfo.service@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

Download – Paediatricians listings

Psychologists

WHAT IS A CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST?

Developmental Psychologists work with you and your child if you have questions or worries about your child in the areas of behaviour, emotions and social skills. This may include stress and anxiety issues and/or processing traumatic experiences. Therapy delivered by a Psychologist aims to improve children’s resilience, capacity to cope and thrive.

Download the document here to find out more information, eg When to seek support, how to refer and details of some Child Psychologists in the Wyndham area.

NB the list of services included in the document is not exhaustive and is not a list of recommended services by the PSFO Service.  If you discover any new services in your area, we would be happy to add them to our list, please send details to psfo.service@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

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.

Download the document here to find out more information, eg When to seek support, how to refer and details of some Speech Therapists in the Wyndham area.

NB the list of services included in the document is not exhaustive and is not a list of recommended services by the PSFO Service.  If you discover any new services in your area, we would be happy to add them to our list, please send details to psfo.service@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

 

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