Our Services:

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think and feel.

People may see a psychologist for any number of reasons. For instance, someone may see a psychologist for assistance with:

  • anxiety, fears and phobias
  • improving relationships
  • compulsive behaviour
  • childrens learning and behavioural difficulties
  • developmental disorders

At Connecting-Minds we focus on providing meaningful and functional sessions and assessments. Our psychologist can provide:

  • Individual therapy sessions:
    • Anxiety management
    • Social skills
    • Self-care & Life skills
  • Behavioural programs:
    • Parent education
    • Sessions for bothersome behaviour
  • Assessments:
    • Cognitive assessment
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic assessment
    • Adaptive Skills assessments
    • Assessments for school funding


Keep Calm and Apply Behaviour Analysis

Applied Behaviour Analysis

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is based on the principle that influencing a response associated with a particular behaviour may cause that behaviour to be shaped and controlled. ABA is a mixture of psychological and educational techniques that are tailored to the needs of each individual child to alter their behaviours. ABA involves the use of behavioural methods to measure behaviour, teach functional skills, and evaluate progress.

In our ABA programs, the objective is to increase skills in language, play and socialisation, while decreasing behaviours that interfere with learning. We believe in making sure that our learning objectives are meaningful and provide children with the tools needed to develop their intrinsic motivation for learning, trying new things and interacting with others.

Connecting-Minds is able to offer full service Applied Behaviour Analysis programs or Supervision Only services. In the full service model supervision and 20 hours of therapy is delivered by a Connecting-Minds team member in the child’s home or school.

In the supervision only model, parents source their own therapists to deliver the program (We have handy hints to help you with this process!) but goals and training are delivered by one of Connecting-Minds’ Program Supervisors.


Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy, often abbreviated as OT, promotes health by enabling people to perform meaningful and purposeful occupations (roles). These roles include positive participation in school, learning, leisure, self-care, domestic and social activities. Connecting-Minds focuses on creating engaging sessions in which the children practice goals that have been tailored to the needs of the child, family and school. We try to promote strategies which are easily adaptable to different environments and can be applied to all children in a household or school.

Based on the child’s needs, potential occupational therapy goals may include:

  • Fine Motor Development
  • Gross Motor Development
  • Handwriting: letter formation & spatial skills
  • Sensory Profiles
  • Self Regulation & Emotional Awareness: Behavioural strategies, emotional development and social skills
  • Self Management: Organisation of materials
  • Executive Functioning: Planning and sequencing skills.
  • Motor Coordination: Skilled control of motor movements
  • Visual Perception & Motor Integration: The ability to process visual information & assessing how the child takes in visual information and uses the information for motor output.


Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology aims to help children communicate as well as use and understand language. Specifically, Speech Pathology is the diagnosis, management and treatment of individuals who are unable to communicate effectively, including difficulties with speech, language, social communication, swallowing, fluency and voice. Children may see a Speech Pathologist if there is concerns about the development of their communication language or voice. Some children also receive speech pathology for the development of literacy skills.

Our speech pathologists focus on creating engaging sessions which are tailored to meet the speech and language needs of your child. Each session comes with a detailed report so you can practice and extend your child’s learning outside of the session. We also work with educators and other professionals to help them shape their communication and interactions with the child to promote therapy goals.

Based on the child’s needs, potential speech pathology goals may include:

  • Speech Sounds and Articulation
  • Expressive Language – The way we use our language to talk
  • Receptive Language – The way we understand spoken and written language
  • Voice – tone of voice and use of prosody (voice inflection)
  • Stuttering – helping children to have smooth speech
  • Swallowing – determining choking risks and assistance with drooling
  • Feeding Strategies – Promoting eating a variety of foods and chewing
  • Oral Motor – Are the mouth’s muscles strong enough for eating and talking
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices – promoting verbal language when a child is preverbal or nonverbal
  • Executive Functioning – Planning and sequencing skills.
  • Pragmatic Language – Social communication, eye contact, gestures, speaking & listening skills
  • Literacy Development – phonetics, reading, rhyming, reading comprehension
  • Auditory Processing – hearing sounds and words and understanding what they are and mean.


Relationship Development Intervention ™

Relationship Development Intervention ™ (RDI) is based on the belief that the development of dynamic intelligence is the key to improving quality of life. The program’s core philosophy is that children with Autism can participate in authentic emotional relationships if they are exposed to them in a gradual, systematic way.

The goal of treatment is to progressively build up the motivation and tools for successfully interacting in social relationships. RDI focuses on cultivating the building blocks of social connection, such as referencing, emotion sharing and experience sharing. RDI is a family-based program, where trained consultants support families to alter their interaction and communication styles.

RDI® focuses on empowering guides and the children to make mindful and meaningful decisions. It is not just about what you know but how you use what you know.

With your consultant, you will identify foundation skills that may not have fully developed. The program starts with parent training and then includes parent and child objectives. RDI® is individualised. We believe that each family is unique and each child is unique. All goals and objectives are customised to meet the needs of the family and child.

The program focuses on developing:

  • Problem solving
  • Experience Sharing
  • Independence
  • Self-regulation
  • Competence
  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Empathy & perspective takings
  • Strong relationships


Professional Development

Training

Connecting-Minds can tailor our professional development talks to meet the needs of your organisation. We can do whole school PDs or smaller workshops targeting specific needs. All of our PDs focus on developing whole class functional strategies that teachers can implement with all children!

Examples of some of our past PDs:

  • What is Autism Spectrum Disorders? Developing school strategies for a child with ASD
  • Sensory Processing in the Classroom
  • Challenging behaviours in the classroom. How to identify the behaviour, create strategies and monitor effectiveness
  • Fun fine motor! Focusing on the whole body can impact handwriting.
  • Communication: Developing emotional communication with children.