Child Matters is a multidisciplinary service specialising in early and school-aged intervention for children with autism and other developmental disabilities or developmental concerns. We also provide help to children and families struggling with adjustment, anxiety, depression and other issues.
Child Matters can help with a wide range of issues such as sleeping problems, anxiety, social development, school related anxiety/refusal, toileting, mealtime problems. We can help you set realistic and focused goals for your child and family. We can help with practical strategies and focused therapy.
Child Matters offer – Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Child Centred Play Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Speech Pathology facilitating an integrated approach to intervention programs.
Child Matters is your local ABA provider – delivering individualised programmes based on Applied Behaviour Analysis, delivered via Therapy Assistants in the child’s home. This approach is described in full elsewhere on this site.
Our team of trained Therapy Assistants work under the supervision of our clinicians, and provide focused therapy sessions at home and/or school.
All programs are individualized to the needs of the child/family. We provide specific interventions to manage a range of problem behaviours including sleep, toileting, emotional and social development, independence etc.
Fully equipped Sensory/Therapy Gym onsite.
Physiotherapy via Physio South West
Our wonderful practice manager Deb Cant, will help answer any of your questions regarding which services may be best for you and what funding options may be available.
A bit more information about Child Centred Play Therapy
Playing is how children try out, explore and learn about their world, and it is essential to their development. For the child, play is serious, purposeful business through which he/she develops mentally, physically, and socially. Play is the child’s form of self-therapy, through which confusions, anxieties, and conflicts are often worked through…play serves as a language for the child- a symbolism that substitutes for words – VIOLET OAKLANDER
Introducing play therapy
Play is the child’s natural way of expressing themselves and is essential for emotional and social development.
Every child, every adult has a drive to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, sometimes this drive to mature positively is inhibited. Infants and children may experience problems, trauma and difficulties, either real or perceived, that create a variety of internal (e.g self esteem issues) and/or external symptoms ( e.g behavioural issues).
Children often don’t have words to fully process the complexity of these experiences. Child-Centred Play therapy is an opportunity for the child to ‘play out’ their thoughts, feelings and problems. It is an opportunity to communicate what could not as easily be put into words. Counselling is to adults as play therapy is to children.
Through this powerful and skilled therapeutic process, children learn to master their difficulties. Through the utilisation of empathy, acceptance, safety, the setting of limits, the offering of choice, responses that are sensitive to the child, unwavering patience and an unbending faith, the child understands and finds the path to healing.
The benefits of play therapy
Helps children respect themselves and respect others.
Helps children learn that their feelings are acceptable and foster openness and positive expression.
Helps children learn to express their feelings responsibly, and gain control over intense feelings.
Helps children learn to assume responsibility for themselves.
Helps children to communicate experiences that they may have had that they are unable to vocalise.
Encourages imagination, creativity and resourcefulness in confronting problems.
Helps children to learn self-control and self-direction.
Increases confidence and concentration abilities.
Helps children learn to make choices and be responsible for their choices.
Helps children to learn about their environment.
Allows children to learn from their mistakes in a safe and controlled environment
Helps children establish and build relationships
Helps children when ‘talking therapy’ doesn’t work
Who can play therapy help?
Research has found Play Therapy to be an effective therapeutic
approach for a variety of children’s difficulties including:
Adjusting to family changes
Excessive anger, fear, sadness, worry and shyness
Aggression and acting out behaviours
ADHD and ADD
Abuse and neglect
Social adjustment issues
Sleeping and eating difficulties
Self concept and self esteem
Grief and loss
Physical symptoms without any medical cause
Bonding and Attachment
Foster, adoption and identity issues
Prenatal and birth trauma
Near death experiences