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What to expect

Before your first session

After booking an appointment with us, our receptionist sends you an introductory pack via email (or post if you do not use email). The introductory pack contains the date and time of your scheduled appointment, the name of the clinician you are booked in with, information about our location and an explanation of our services. You will also receive paperwork to complete and bring with you to your first session, including: a Parent Questionnaire, Consent Form and (if required) a Teacher Questionnaire.

While it is your responsibility to remember to attend your scheduled appointments, we do use a text reminder system to help you remember. On the Saturday before your scheduled appointment, you should receive a text confirming the date and time of your appointment. You can confirm that you are attending your appointment by replying ‘Yes’ to the reminder text. If you do not receive a reminder text, please call us to confirm your appointment. If you wish to cancel your appointment, please call us to speak with us or to leave a message.

First session

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of your first session at our practice. This allows you to become acquainted with our practice and complete any required paperwork with our receptionist.

Please bring the following paperwork with you:

  • a referral and/or any relevant treatment plans (e.g., Mental Health Care Plan, Helping Children with Autism plan, etc).
  • a copy of any previous assessments by paediatricians, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, school counsellors, etc.
  • your completed HMHK forms (Parent Questionnaire, Consent Form and/or School Questionnaire)

During the first session, we speak predominantly with parent(s)/ guardian(s) to learn more about your child and family. In our discussion we hope to learn: a detailed history of the presenting concern(s), a family history and the young person’s developmental history. We may use screening questionnaires to assist us in understanding your child’s concerns. Based on all of this information we determine the nature and severity of your child’s presenting concerns.

Next we provide you with psychoeducation to: describe the nature of your child’s concerns, explain how the concerns impact your child and family and discuss the role your family plays in the concerns.

Finally, we develop a personalised, evidence-based treatment plan that is appropriate for your child’s presenting concerns and that promotes positive outcomes for your child. We identify treatment goals that we will work to achieve throughout subsequent sessions.

Subsequent sessions

In subsequent sessions we work through the treatment plan to achieve the treatment goals that we developed together during our first session. Our treatment focuses on equipping your child and family with practical and valuable skills to manage the presenting concerns. Often you will be given homework to complete that reinforces what has been covered in-session.

The frequency and number of sessions a child requires varies based on the nature and severity of the presenting concerns, the ability of a child and family to understand, accept and adapt to changes and the presence of factors in the environment that impact the child. Children and their families might see us for 6 sessions, 15 sessions or a number of sessions over the course of a couple of years.

Please note: It is important that you arrive on time at our practice for your subsequent sessions. If you arrive late your session will finish at the originally scheduled time and you will be charged the full fee for the session.

See further information about the common concerns that we treat and treatments that we provide.

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Assessment sessions

Depending on the type/s of assessment that is required, and the age of the child undertaking assessment, sessions are typically scheduled to occur on separate days. For instance children who are undertaking both an academic and a cognitive (intellectual) assessment will typically be administered the intellectual assessment in the first session and the academic assessment in a second session on another day. This is particularly important when conducting assessments with young children who can become fatigued faster than older children and adolescents.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of your first assessment session at our practice. This will allow you to become acquainted with our practice and complete any required paperwork with our receptionist.

Please bring the following paperwork with you:

  • a referral and/or any relevant treatment plans (e.g., Mental Health Care Plan, Helping Children with Autism plan, etc).
  • a copy of any previous assessments by paediatricians, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, school counsellors, etc.
  • your completed HMHK forms (Parent Questionnaire, Consent Form and/or School Questionnaire)

Once the young person is settled and comfortable, the young person independently completes the assessment with the clinician. Young people typically complete each assessment session during sessions of between one and two hours, depending on the young person, his or her age, and the assessment used. At the final assessment, a half-hour appointment for a feedback session can be booked with our receptionist. It is at this feedback session that the clinician who conducted the assessment provides you with, and explains the results contained in, a comprehensive written report of your child's assessment. This session usually occurs three to four weeks after the final assessment session. It is not necessary for the young person to be present for feedback sessions.

Please note: We understand that parents are often very keen to hear the results of their child's assessment/s. However, a comprehensive psychometric assessment requires considerable time to score, review, interpret, and synthesise the results and formulate targetted recommendations for your child. Hence, the clinician will be unable to give you any indication of the results of your child's assessment either at the close of the assessment session or in the time between the final session and the scheduled feedback session.

Learn more about the assessments we conduct.

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