Dr. Grace Hancock
Psychology & Autism Support
Helping children, adolescents, and their families
to increase understanding, learning, and to take steps forward in the areas of life which matter to them.
"Everyone has strengths. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, you see none of them."
- Adapted from Albert Einstein & Matthew Kelly.
Support for children & adolescents, and for those who support them.
How can we help?
1 in 5 Australians struggle with their mental health each year (ABS, 2008). If you, or your child, is experiencing difficulty with emotions or wellbeing, seeing a Psychologist can help.
This may include, but is not limited to:
Worries, fears, and anxiety,
Sadness and depression,
Social difficulties such as bullying or anxiety in social situations,
Academic stress, worry, or learning difficulties, and
Other changes in mood, attitude, or activity (including sleep, diet, motivation, outlook, socialising, behaviour, engagement in school, etc).
1 in 150 Australians have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD; ABS, 2017). Psychologists commonly provide therapy to individuals with ASD aimed at helping to build skills in areas such as:
Social understanding, communication, and skills
Understanding and managing behaviours and interests
Supporting families and teachers to understand and best support the individual
If you are concerned that your child may have ASD, or you yourself, a comprehensive diagnostic assessment can be completed. Please click here for further information.
For children and adolescents of all ages, and their families.
Seeing a Psychologist can provide a safe space to discuss concerns, gain further understanding of current difficulties, and importantly to learn and practice better ways to manage emotions and develop skills.
Increasing understanding and planning for effective supports.
It is essential to first thoroughly understand an issue at hand, to ensure that the most appropriate supports are provided.
This may include assessment of an individuals's current wellbeing, or specific assessments such as intelligence (known as a cognitive assessment), adaptive functioning, or an Autism assessment. Including Autism assessments for adults.
Working together to support students in the school setting.
Schools and teachers play an important part in all areas of a child's development and wellbeing.
Psychologists can work with day care centres, kindergartens, and schools to help increase understanding as well as foster positive proactive attitudes towards supporting students with additional needs. This may include working with staff or student groups.
Such support can also be provided to sporting clubs, employers, and alike.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (4326.0). Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 (4430.0). Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.