Category: Referrals

How to Help a Stressed & Anxious Teenager

How to Help a stressed and anxious teenager

Takeaway: Use the following 3-step process to help your teenager. (1) Recognise signs that she’s stressed and anxious, (2) Identify what’s triggered her, and (3) Teach her the right coping strategies. For more deep-rooted issues, consider consulting a specialist.   Read More

Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Why Some Children Constantly Worry

Generalised Anxiety Disorder Why Some Children Constantly Worry

Takeaway: Generalised anxiety disorder can make your child worry all the time, become restless, and struggle to concentrate. But merely reassuring her when she’s anxious is unlikely to help. Cognitive behavioural therapy from a trained therapist can teach coping skills to manage her emotions.  Read More

Auditory Memory & Why Your Child Forgets What She Hears

Auditory Memory Why Your Child Forgets What She Hears

Takeaway: Auditory memory is how we take in, process, store, and recall the things we hear. If your child has poor auditory memory, she’ll struggle to learn language and keep up in class. But a trained specialist can help strengthen her auditory memory and compensate for its weaknesses where needed.   Read More

Are Online Assessments As Good As In-Person Sessions?

Are Online Assessments As Good As In Person Sessions

Takeaway: Online assessments have a lot going for them, and some children prefer them to in-person sessions. It all depends on how skillfully the psychologist can manage online assessments. And you, as a parent or caregiver, can play a vital role in the process.   Read More

Sensory Feeding Difficulties: Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

Sensory Feeding Difficulties Is Your Child a Picky Eater

Takeaway: If your child dislikes certain textures, colours, and consistencies, she’ll likely become a picky eater. And this can affect her physical and psychological health. But a specialist can help reverse these issues by using tools and techniques like the SOS approach, sensory bins, and food chaining.
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Who are Orthoptists? And Are They Similar to Ophthalmologists?

Who are Orthoptists

Takeaway: Orthoptists are eye specialists who can screen your child for eyesight and vision issues, and offer practical, non-surgical solutions. Unlike ophthalmologists, they’re not medical doctors but are great ‘first responders’ for eye care. Read More

How Do You Diagnose a Global Developmental Delay?

How Do You Diagnose a Global Developmental Delay

Takeaway: Children with a global developmental delay are well behind in meeting many developmental milestones. These include milestones to do with (1) cognitive skills, (2) motor skills, (3) language & communication skills, (4) social and emotional skills, and (5) self-care skills. You can download milestone checklists to try and identify a global delay, but that’s just a first step. Eventually, you’ll need a team of specialists to make the diagnosis and create a care plan.     Read More

What is Echolalia? And Can It Hold Your Child Back?

What is Echolalia, And Can It Hold Your Child Back

Takeaway: All children mimic and echo the things they hear. It’s called echolalia and it’s how they learn a language. But some children rely on it too much and it prevents them from truly expressing themselves. As a parent, you can learn to decode what your child is saying, but a skilled speech therapist can help you uncover and address the deeper issues at play. Read More

How Does Poor Working Memory Impact Your Child’s Life?

How Does Poor Working Memory Impact Your Childs Life

Takeaway: Working memory is the short-term storage your child uses to make sense of the world. Poor working memory will make school harder for her, might chip away at her self-esteem, and could complicate her emotional life. And over the years, these issues can snowball, causing long-term damage. But with the help of a skilled specialist, your child can learn tools and techniques to help address these challenges. Read More