Paediatric psychology

What is it?

Paediatric psychologists are experts in the diagnosis and management of children with emotional and behavioural problems.

Therapy can involve an individual child or their family, with a trusting relationship and effective communication between patients and therapists fundamental to changing a child’s feelings and behaviour.

Psychotherapy can play a key role when emotional and behavioural issues start to become excessive, don’t go away, prevent your child from participating in everyday activities, and affect their social and learning opportunities and their relationships with others.


Who do we help?

The independent psychologists practising from our rooms are experts at diagnosing and helping children with learning and behavioural problems as well as mental health conditions.

They see children who have developed behavioural difficulties at school or at home. Children might become anxious for no apparent reason or feel sad and depressed. Often these problems are the result of emotional distress that can be hard to recognise and talk about.

A paediatric psychologist will help your child with:

  • assessment of learning difficulties
  • behaviour problems
  • fears and phobias
  • attention deficit disorders
  • effects of trauma, for example sexual abuse or loss of family members
  • anxiety disorders
  • tic disorders
  • anger control
  • depression.


What do we do?

Your child’s psychologist will aim to build self-esteem, improve communication, stimulate development, provide emotional support and improve emotional vocabulary with your child.

The psychologist will:

  • use fun activities such as games, drawing, pretend and unstructured play to share feelings and resolve problems, as children can’t always translate their feelings into words
  • work with families, parents and educators to resolve conflicts and set goals
  • provide advice to parents and teachers about how to best manage negative behaviours and their triggers
  • perform assessments such as WPPSI, WISC and WIAT around children’s learning and make a diagnosis of an intellectual disability or specific learning disorder
  • perform assessments using Autism Diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS) and (Autism Diagnostic interview – ADI-R) to diagnose autism spectrum disorders.

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, you may wish to seek the advice and support of a paediatric psychologist.

To make an appointment with a specialist, call Paeds in a Pod on 07 3177 2000 or use the booking form.

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We have a number of locations around Brisbane to help make it easier for you to access specialist care.