Some psychologists focus specifically on working with children, including children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
A psychologist may be involved in supporting your child and family with:
- counselling to help you cope with stress, anxiety, or grief
- assessment and support for learning difficulties
- support for managing challenging behaviours
- development of social skills
- mental health issues such as childhood depression, stress and anxiety
- managing relationship issues.
Psychologists don’t prescribe medications. Rather, they use evidence-based therapies and approaches to help you change how you think, feel and behave. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see one, but it’s a good idea to check in with them if you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing or development. You can also search for a psychologist in your area using the Australian Psychological Society’s Find a Psychologist service, which includes a filter to look for one who focuses on educational and developmental psychology.
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