PARENTS

At seeChange Psychology & consultancy it is our firm belief that in order to generate sustainable, positive change family support is a fundamental ingredient. For this reason we aim to involve families in treatment plans where possible and equip them with the knowledge and tools to best support our clients.

From the day your child is born you begin to ask questions, answer questions (especially when your child turns 3) and most of all question yourself! Below are some FAQ. If your question remains unanswered please send an enquiry.


How do I know if I need to get my child assessed?

It is important to be aware of developmental milestones and ensure these are reached at an appropriate age. Remember however all children develop differently. Trust your instinct and if you observe that your child is falling behind that of his/her peers seek professional support, early intervention is a key to unlocking the road to success. 

Some things to keep an eye on are significant changes in behaviour, poor emotional regulation, difficulties coping socially, withdrawal socially or academically, poor organisational skills, difficulties maintaining attention and concentration, emotional concerns – anxiety/depression, poor memory recall, physical symptoms – decreased energy/changes in appetite/weight loss or gain/neglect of personal appearance or hygiene.    

 

What is the point of an IQ assessment?

IQ testing can help determine your level of intelligence relative to others the same age. There are several standardized IQ tests available. Two of the most widely recognised and used at seeChange Psychology & Consultancy is the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales and the Wechsler IQ assessments.

IQ testing does not aim to measure what a person knows. Its goal is to measure mental capability. At seechange Psychology & Consultancy we place emphasis on scores obtained from each domain (verbal, non-verbal, working memory, processing speed etc) opposed to the overall IQ score, although this is important.

The separate domains of intelligence highlight individual strengths and weaknesses. With this information we are able to assist your child to learn and function at an optimal level. So whether your child presents with a learning difficulty, is gifted or within the average range, following an IQ test strategies provided will aim to equip you and your child with the ability to support intellectually functioning in a range of settings.      

 

What happens in a psychological assessment?

Usually when a child or adolescent has a psychological assessment the follow takes place;

  • The Psychologist will talk with the child or adolescent and their parent(s)/carer(s). They may also interview teachers or significant others who play a role in the child or adolescents life (with parental consent) in order to gain a greater insight into presenting problems, strengths and weaknesses.
  • The Psychologist will observe the child or adolescent in a range of settings depending on their presenting problems, this may include but are not limited to; formal assessment setting, classroom, playground, with parents, informal settings and in some cases at home. 
  • The child or adolescent will be given standardised assessments. These are tests that have been used in exactly the same way (standardised) with many people. By using a standardised test the psychologist is able to compare your child’s answers to those the same age and gender. During testing your child will be asked questions and complete a range of tasks. This is all done once rapport is established and in an environment your child feels safe, this is essential in ensuring a true measure is obtained. Parents and teachers may also be given standardised questionnaires to complete.  

 

What should I tell my child before seeing a Psychologist?

Emphasis the process being ‘normal’ because that is exactly what it is. It is ‘normal’ that everyone at some point in his or her life will seek professional help in order to lead a happy and healthier life. A lesson that when learned earlier in life can be the difference between your child asking for help when they need it or waiting for rock bottom to hit.

 

Parent intuition tells me my child needs help but he/she refuses to accept support, what can I do?

Always make yourself available and remember the power of sitting back and really listening.  As parents we tend to go into rescue mode – sometimes our kids don’t need rescuing they just need someone to listen. Don’t suffer in silence – seek professional advice or support from friends and family to assist you in developing strategies (there is a good reason when in aircrafts adults are told to put on a life jacket before putting it on their children). Don’t be afraid of asking for help, it takes a village to raise a child. It may seem at the time they will never speak to you again – trust me they will than you one day (just like you thanked your own parents, friend or whoever it was that has reached out for you). If your child is showing signs of harm to self or others seek immediate professional advice. Phone a 24/7 crisis hotline including:

                         

LIFELINE - 13 11 14

KIDS HELPLINE (5-25YRS) – 1800 551 800

SALVATION ARMY 24HR CARE LINE – 1300 363 622

NSW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINE – 1800 656 463