Behavioural Consultations, Adult Mental Health Assessments, and Customised Training for Organisations

Behavioural Consultations for Children, Adolescents and Adults with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders

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Behavioural consultations are available to all families with children with autism or Asperger’s, regardless of where their child was diagnosed. You may be eligible for Medicare rebates for behavioural consultations.  Please call us on 02 4967 3363 for more information on Medicare Rebates.   

 


Behavioural Consultation session Fee    
One hour with Clinical Psychologist $265.00    

 

Behavioural consultations are available as part of an indiviudal's National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) support plan.   NDIA sets the rates for psychology services funded by NDIA.  NDIA funded clients will not have a gap to pay, as NDIA covers the entire cost of sessions. Please check whether psychology or behaviour support are included in your NDIA plan.  Please provide us with a copy of your plan so we can check that our services will be covered by NDIA.  In most cases, we can bill NDIA directly through the MyPlace Provider Portal.  You will need to sign on the day to acknowledge that you received your session.  If you are self-managing your NDIA plan, you will need to pay for the session on the day (at the rates NDIA sets), and then you will need to apply to be reimbursed by NDIA through the MyPlace Participant Portal.  If you are self-managing your plan, we will provide you with a tax invoice so you can show NDIA that you have paid for the session.  For more information on NDIA, click here.   

Behavioural consultations are available through DSS' Helping Children with Autism and Better Start for Children with Disabilities initiatives.  We bill DSS directly (this is the same rate we use for behavioural consultations under Medicare shown above).  DSS funded clients will not have a gap to pay, as DSS covers the entire cost of sessions.  You will need to sign on the day to acknowledge that you received your session.  For more information on DSS Early Intervention funding, click here.  

 

Mental Health Assessments for Adults with Intellectual Disabilites

We provide clinical consultations for adults with autism and/or intellectual disabilities where they and their carers can discuss issues which are affecting their home, work and community living.  We offer tailored behavioural strategies to suit particular behaviours and to fit in with current routines.  Depending on the issues raised, we may include an assessment of the client's mental health to see if this may be impacting on their current behaviour and lifestyle.  We may gather information from the client, carers and other service providers about any recent changes in the clients' sleep, appetite and skill levels compared with their usual abilities.  We use evidence-based tools including the Glasgow Depression Scale for People with a Learning Disability (GDS-LD) and the Glasgow Anxiety Scale for People with Intellectual Disability (GAS-ID).  These assessments are conducted as part of the clinical/behavioural consultation (charged at $265/hour) and do not attract an extra fee unless a report is required.  In this case, time for report writing and a feedback session will be charged at the hourly rate of $265.  If you have any queries about any of our assessments or behavioural consultations, please call us on (02) 4967 3363. 

 

Customised Training for Schools and Disability Organisations

We provide tailored workshops on practical autism strategies to suit your organisation's professional development needs.  Training modules we offer include:

  • Features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (including signs of autism in toddlers, children and adolescents, and discussion of the causes and prevalence of autism)
  • Positive Behaviour Support and Stress Reduction Strategies (including prevention and response strategies)
  • Building Partnerships with Families (including working with parents who are grieving about their child's diagnosis)
  • Using Visuals
  • Building Social Skills
  • Managing Change
  • Differential and Dual Diagnosis*
  • Screening and Assessment Tools* 
  • The Clinical Value of Behavioural Observations during Cognitive and Developmental Assessments*

Modules marked with an * are designed for diagnosticians including psychologists, paediatricians and child psychiatrists.  

You can mix and match from the modules above, or for smaller groups, we can offer a more informal Q&A style session, where participants can discuss the behaviours of students or clients they are working with.  Our presenter Lydia Meem will offer tools and strategies to address particular concerns.  

Examples of professional development days Lydia Meem has been requested to present include:

  • PD day for a large independent school, with Features of Autism presentation to whole staff (approx 150 staff) followed by Positive Behaviour Support sessions tailored for Junior School, Middle School and Senior School staff
  • PD day for a small independent school (approx 30 staff) covering Features of Autism and Positive Behaviour Support (admin staff also attended the first session)
  • Behavioural Q&A session for small independent school (4 staff) - three hours to discuss behaviours of particular students in detail, practical strategies for the classroom and playground, and provide assistance with accessing funding sources for families
  • PD day for psychologists working in developmental disabilities, focusing on differential and dual diagnosis, screening and assessment tools, and therapy resources
  • PD day for psychologists and disability support and counselling staff in a University, focusing on strategies for high-functioning adults with autism
  • Full 2-day practical autism strategies workshop for teachers in an independent school with students with challenging behaviours and a variety of learning needs
  • PD for respite support workers who are starting to work with children and adolescents with autism
  • Behavioural Q&A session for preschool staff working with children who may be showing some signs of autism

For more information about our Customised Training, please contact us on 02 4967 3363.  As Student-free days tend to be popular for school-based training, we recommend you book well in advance to secure your preferred dates.  

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