Dyslexia is a fairly common condition affecting approximately 10 per cent of the population. Unfortunately many children may not be diagnosed until Grade 3 or 4, which makes their early years in school difficult and affects their self-confidence.
Dyslexia is caused by differences in the ways the brain works and is not related to IQ, in fact, many dyslexics are highly intelligent and creative.
If you or your child’s teacher suspect your child may have dyslexia, it is important to obtain a professional assessment for dyslexia as early as possible to ensure your child is supported with appropriate strategies.
An early diagnosis means children with dyslexia will be more likely to avoid the self-confidence issues that they often develop in the classroom.
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ADHD is a neurological disorder that interferes with a child’s ability to succeed at school, even if they are clearly intelligent. The three main problems they exhibit are inattention, impulsivity and overactivity.
Since all children may show these behaviours to a certain extent, it is important that a child who potentially has a type of ADHD, is properly diagnosed by a professional.
There are a number of ADHD symptoms in children that have to be persistent in order for a child to be diagnosed with ADHD.
Once diagnosed, children with ADHD can be successfully treated. Neurofeedback is now seen as a most effective psychological intervention for children with ADHD and this is a service we offer at Directions – Paychologists.
Using EEG’s to map the brains activity, we can ‘rewire’ the brain and teach it to calm down and concentrate.
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Children with Central Auditory Processing Disorder have normal hearing but they are not able to distinguish meaningful messages from non-essential background noise.
In other words, they can hear but they have a problem with processing and interpreting what they hear.
While gifted children may not have a problem with learning, the fact that they have a greater intellectual capacity than their peers, means that they may be bored in school and this presents as difficult behaviours in the classroom.
If your child is experiencing problems at school and you suspect they may be gifted, it is useful to consider gifted child testing.
Once they are officially identified as gifted, appropriate strategies can be put in place with the school to ensure that the child is kept stimulated and interested enough in the classroom to perform to their ability.
Memory loss in children is usually characterised by the inability to reproduce or retain details which are usual for the child to remember. If you are concerned an assessment is the best solution to work out what type of memory problems the child is experiencing. Treatment depends on the root of the problem. If it is a minor problem and has been detected early it can be assisted by therapies and changing learning approaches.
Bachelor of Education (Uni)
Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Jutta is a Registered Psychologist and Registered Teacher with over 40 years experience. As a teacher and guidance counsellor and child therapist, Jutta established Directions, the first child directed practise in Townsville, over 30 years ago because she became acutely aware of the lack of services available in for children with learning and behavioural difficulties.
Bachelor of Psychology
Chelsea Corbett is a is a Registered Psychologist, with over 9 years of experience working with challenging young people. From a cattle family, she brings a unique understanding and genuine authenticity to her therapy with children and adolescents, together with a determination to improve their wellbeing within the home, school and community.
Bachelor of Science
Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Anna Quenault is a Registered Psychologist with over 5 years experience with Directions having previous experience in various counselling and mentoring roles. Anna is passionate about psychoeducational education for children and adolescents, and parental management.
is a Psychology Graduate from rural Queensland who has worked in Education and Disability Support roles both in Australia and overseas. He is excited to complete his provisional internship from the experienced staff at Directions. He has a passion for understanding early childhood development and interventions for Oppositional Defiance Disorder and anger management.
is a Psychology (Honours) Graduate from James Cook University who has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She is a thoughtful and empathetic psychologist determined to completed her provisional internship at Directions. Kelly has a passion for helping children and their families achieve their best by providing evidence based strategies to navigate a wide range of neurodevelopmental and mood disorders including Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Specific Learning Disorder & ADHD.
Leena Coutts has extensive experience in Reception and Administration and considers her role to make the children, adolescents and families to feel welcome and their wellbeing a priority whilst accessing our Psychological Practice. She is an experienced mother and grandmother in her private life and this enables her to provide a practical and considered approach to organising the daily functioning at Directions.