OUR SERVICES

At Smiles All Round we offer a range of services to assist with meeting individual and family needs which is offered onsite, online and within in the home subject to location.  We deliver our psychology services via a range of platforms including onsite, online, workshops, group-based programs, classroom-based programs and training for educational staff and other organisations, particularly services who support young people.   

We assist by offering:

  • Individual and family therapy and counselling
  • Anxiety and depression management
  • Social skills and resilience training
  • Positive parenting support
  • Training and development

We specialise with offering psychology support to young people and families:

  • Early childhood (0-6 yrs)
  • Primary school age
  • Adolescents
  • We support families and people with additional needs
  • We support educators

We support adults:

  • Anxiety and depression management
  • Stress management
  • Parent support

PsYchology and Counselling

 

We assist by offering:

  • Individual and family therapy and counselling
  • Anxiety and depression management
  • Social skills and resilience training
  • Positive parenting support

Paediatrician

An official ASD diagnosis needs to be undertaken by two practitioners accredited by Autism SA.

Smiles All Round offers an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment Team based here in Naracoorte.  We are thrilled to have Paediatrician, Dr Matthew Scholar who together with Psychologist, Lana-Joy Durik, we can offer the unique opportunity to complete ASD Assessments in the one day, and in one location.

Many locals may know Dr Matthew (from Flinders Medical Centre), who visits our community regularly and is involved with our Child Development Unit several times a year. He is passionate about supporting families in the country and it is a privilege to have his expertise at our doorstep!

  • Referral from your GP is required for our Paediatrician (This is required prior to your appointment).
  • The assessment process is as follows:
    • Interview with parent/caregiver to discuss your child’s development, educational progress, social skills, communication, sensory information, behaviour, emotional awareness and medical background (Lead by Paediatrician or Psychologist).
    • Observation and play based session with your child which is undertaken during the interview (Lead by Paediatrician or Psychologist).
    • Family take a break while the Paediatrician and Psychologist collate and discuss information regarding the interview, questionnaires and observations. They complete a Child Autism Rating scale if required and review the DSM-V diagnostic criteria to determine whether your child meets the criteria.
    • Feedback regarding our conclusions is typically shared on the assessment day.
    • Following the assessment, you are provided with a comprehensive report with recommendations.

Please note: In some cases, the Assessment Team may require additional information.  For example, a team member may need to complete an observation session within an educational setting to obtain further insights.  If this occurs, this mean that you won’t be provided with a conclusion on the day of your assessment. 

Cost: $1200, 3 hours.

Private health and Medicare rebates may apply.

Occupational Therapy

Tahlia Mullen Occupational Therapist rents a room at Smiles All Round.  We are grateful to have Tahlia working alongside us.  Her positive disposition and “can do” attitude is a huge asset.  Tahlia and Smiles All Round often share mutual clients and aim where possible to work together for the benefit of a young person, their family and education setting.  Tahlia offers consultations onsite as well as at educational settings which can include observations sessions, therapy and consultations with staff.  Tahlia offers support to clients of varying ages and concerns. Tahlia supports people with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and has a particular interest with supporting young adults with Acquired Brain Injuries.  Tahlia also provides strategies and therapy for young people presenting with concerns associated with fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing difficulties, low muscle tone and concerns associated with spatial awareness, balance and coordination. 

To arrange an appointment with Tahlia you can contact her directly p. 0409 281 021 or tmullen@gmail.com.

 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) therapist

CBT: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy used in the treatment of a range of psychological disorders. It is based on the notion that our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected and determine the way we feel. As such, CBT aims to challenge unhelpful thoughts, feeling and behaviours, which contribute to and maintain mental health problems, and replace them with more helpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours. In a nutshell, CBT teaches the skills necessary to change the way we think, feel and behave in order to improve the way we feel. 

Taegan is the newest member at  Smiles All Round, working as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) therapist. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Behavioural Science and is finishing her Masters Degree in CBT at Flinders University. She strongly believes in the usefulness of CBT in the treatment of anxiety, depression and stress.  

Taegan has experience in working with older teens and adults experiencing anxiety, depression and stress and is passionate about providing practical, long-term skills for treatment of such disorders. She is excited to be part of the Smiles All Round team and have the opportunity to positively contribute to the Limestone Coast Community.   

 

Assessments

We have various visiting Psychologists who join the Smiles All Round team on a quarterly basis to undertake educational assessments. 

The assessments are similar to the educational assessments conducted at SPELD in Adelaide.  By offering this service at our doorstep we are hoping this will assist families financially because that means they won’t have the increased costs of travel and accommodation to undertake the same assessment process.  In the past we have sent families to Adelaide because there have been no other options available locally or local psychologists have been booked out.   

If you know of anyone that would benefit from an educational assessment please consider passing on our details.  If you would like to know any further information please feel free to contact us.   

Educational Assessments cost: $900 

Why conduct a Psycho-Educational Assessment? 

Psycho-educational-Assessments are often used to identify the following concerns that are linked to various Learning Difficulties or Strengths:

 

  • Your child is significantly academically below their peers in reading and maths.
  • A parent states that their child appears intelligent but has much difficulty putting their thoughts on paper.
  • A parent reports that their child has significant difficulties attending and concentrating in the classroom.
  • Your child appears to have difficulty remembering more than two or three items either at home or in the classroom.
  • A parent states that their child appears to be bored and not challenged in the classroom environment.
  • A Teacher has informed the parent that a Psycho-educational assessment is required to assist in the development of an individualized education plan and to be able to provide increased support to your child.
  • A Teacher has raised concerns about your child’s understanding of language which may also be affecting their social relationships.
  • A parent reports that they are concerned that their child is distracted and/or bored in learning; or there are reports from the classroom that the child appears lazy in the classroom environment.

What is included in a Psycho-educational Assessment?

A Psycho-educational assessment includes an initial consultation, a comprehensive written report and feedback with the parent. The report will provide comprehensive recommendations to assist your child learn to their potential as well as providing any recommendations for behavioural or concentration concerns.  Michael will also liaise with your child’s school with parent’s permission to assist in developing a learning plan regarding your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

Specific Learning Disorder Assessment

Does your child struggle with reading, spelling or writing?

Have you noticed that if you do not say something a certain way your child does not understand you?

Do they mix up letters or jumble their sentences?

Perhaps they have trouble with numbers, time, symbols or maths?

Do they have trouble copying from the blackboard or often become frustrated in the classroom environment?

Have you noticed that your child has child appears bright but has much difficulty putting their thoughts on paper?

If so, they may suffer from a specific learning disorder such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia, or other concerns such as poor working memory and processing speed.

Learning difficulties can severely hinder learning and enjoyment of school and the education experience.

What is included in a Specific Learning Disorder Assessment?

Psycho-Educational Assessments can identify underlying learning issues and provide recommendations. This will assist your child to maximize their learning potential and should be undertaken as early as possible. It provides specific direction for your child, the family and schools (particularly for the class and specialist teachers and health service providers).

Psycho-Educational Assessments include:

  • Initial consultation to review academic, social and family history
  • Standard cognitive Intelligence test (WISC V). The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V) evaluates a variety of abilities and skills that are considered to be a part of “intelligence”.
  • Standardised achievement academic test (WIAT II/III). The WIAT-II/III is used as an assessment tool to provide a measure of current achievement levels in literacy and mathematics.
  • Other relevant assessment tools such the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing 2nd edition which assesses phonological awareness, phonological memory, and verbal fluency/rapid naming are used.

Intelligence testing identifies any underlying weaknesses your child may have in areas such as:

  • Processing speed
  • Verbal learning issues
  • Poor Working memory

Achievement testing measures skills in key academic areas such as:

  • Reading (accuracy, fluency and comprehension)
  • Spelling accuracy
  • Writing skills (handwriting and composition)
  • Mathematics (reasoning and operating skills)

 

Professional Development and Training

We offer our training to services in both the public and private sectors.  Some services choose from our range of existing workshop topics where as others request a more tailor-made training option to suit their individual service needs.  Common topics chosen by services include anxiety and stress management for adults, communication, positive behaviour support, supporting young people to manage anxiety and boost resilience.