How can we help?
At Brilliant Minds Psychology we believe that you can flourish. We provide assessment and psychological treatment for a number of developmental, disability and psychological conditions for children, adolescents and adults including:
- adjustment difficulties
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- anxiety (general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, separation anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder)
- anger management
- autism spectrum conditions (assessment and on-going therapy)
- behavioural difficulties
- body image
- cognitive / IQ assessment, school ready assessments for Prep
- Achievement & Memory Assessment for children and teens
- eating disorders and body image
- gender & sexual orientation issues
- gifted assessments
- learning assessments/education assessments (i.e, dyslexia)
- mood & emotional regulation difficulties
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- psychological interventions for individuals with disability specifically Multiple Sclerosis (MS) including fatigue management, adjustment to disability, anxiety and depression.
- prep ready assessments
- tic disorders
- self esteem
- sleep disorders
- social skills
- stress management
Child-friendly cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) including Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT) including mindfulness techniques to teach children affective education to help manage anxiety and anger.
During therapy sessions at Brilliant Minds Psychology with children and younger adolescents games and computer components are incorporated into sessions to teach strategies. Puppets are often used with younger children. It is essential that the child feels safe and comfortable with his or her psychologist.
All sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
Cognitive Assessments/ IQ Tests
Cognitive assessments/ psychometric assessments to determine the cognitive profile (IQ) of your child using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition (WISC-IV). There are often a number of reasons for a cognitive assessment including assessment for giftedness and to understand areas of strength and weaknesses that may assist education interventions.
Cognitive assessments are often requested to support applications for assistance for your child at school, or to support an application for eligibility for a placement or service available to individuals functioning at a particular cognitive level.
The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) is designed to compare a child’s verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed with that of other children of the same age. The WISC-IV is used to assess the cognitive abilities of children and adolescents aged between six years and sixteen years of age.
Autism - Early Intervention
FaHCSIA FUNDING Sessions
Helping Children with Autism. Brilliant Minds Psychology is a Panel Provider for Helping Children with Autism.
We offer individual therapy sessions in the clinic and skype calls to those in regional or rural areas.
We use evidenced based interventions for young children on the autism spectrum. Depending on your childs needs, sessions may focus on getting ready for school, increasing compliance and decreasing problem behaviours.
Contact us for more information on our early intervention services.
Autism Diagnostic Assessment
Why Choose Us for An Autism Spectrum Assessment?
Dr. Jenni Silva has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, specifically her doctorate research focused on Autism Spectrum Conditions. Jenni is also a Panel Provider for Helping Children with Autism and is an Approved Autism Provider.
Assessments conducted at Brilliant Minds Psychology include comprehensive recommendations for intervention when a report is requested.
What does the Assessment for Autism Involve?
Best practice research suggests that a comprehensive autism assessment involves gathering information about a child’s communication, social skills, interests and behaviour across several settings often this includes home and school enviornments. The assessment will include:
- Initial Screening Measures: Childhood Autism Screening Questionnaires (Caregiver) CARS-HF - Psychologist Observations.
- Parent Interview: An in-depth interview with you about your child’s development and any concerns that you have, using the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R)
Note: During the Parent Interview Sessions you will need to organise someone to look after your child.
- Family Background Information
- Developmental, Educational and Social Developmental & Medical History
- A number of standardised questionnaires depending on other difficulties the child is presenting with.
- Teacher Follow-up phone interview if required
- Teacher Questionnaires
- Child Observation during structured and unstructured play
- Child interview
- School / KIndy Observation if required.
- Assessment of Adaptive Functioning.
ADOS-2 Assessment (Toddlers to adults)
Behaviour Observations using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).
At times Paediatricians will request just an ADOS be completed as an adjunct to their assessment. In these cases we can provide an ADOS assessment.
- Initial intake $240
- ADOS assessment and report - $600
- Total $840
Note: ADOS Assessments -
It is important to note that the ADOS-2 modules should never be used as the only source of information in generating a clinical impression or diagnosis.
All assessments for Autism must include a thorough process including the information listed above with an examiner with experience in autism spectrum conditions.