You may be concerned about your child’s development and interested in seeking a professional opinion. We understand that this can be quite overwhelming, and we want to assist you to make the process as simple as possible.
If you are concerned, we recommend that you call or email CliniKids and book a new family meeting with a member of our dedicated clinical team.
What happens at an initial family meeting?
During an initial meeting we discuss your concerns and will work with you to help identify any needs your child may have.
If it is determined that further diagnostic services or intervention therapies could be beneficial for your child, we will discuss this with you and work with you to create a personalised plan for your child to help them reach their full potential.
Throughout this meeting our supportive staff will provide you with recommendations tailored to your child’s needs.
Seeking a diagnosis
If you have been referred to CliniKids by a medical or allied health professional and are interested in our autism diagnostic service, you can find out more here.
If you wish to book diagnostic services, please call us on 6319 1133.
Have a new diagnosis – where to start?
When your child receives a new diagnosis, it is very common to experience a range of emotions. Some parents report feelings of relief with their newfound knowledge, others can be quite overwhelmed at the prospect of supporting their child through what comes next.
What you need to know now that your child has a diagnosis
Most importantly, you need to know that support for you and your child is available. Our team is comprised of well experienced clinicians who can support you to find the best possible interventions for your child.
Our research is available: We are committed to sharing our research with the community and we invite you to find out more about our research, current projects and publications.
Caring for the carer
Caring for a child with a developmental delay or ASD can be both challenging and rewarding. It is important that carers in this situation prioritise their own well-being and practice self-care so that they can continue to care for their child.
The demands of life can often make this challenging but there are some simple ways to practice self-care each day.
Keep yourself healthy by eating well, exercising and getting as much sleep as possible.
Create a support network. This can be your friends and family, but it may also include organisations within the community who can help.
Connect with others. As much as you can, try to maintain your relationships and connect with others in a similar position.
Seek support. If you are feeling overwhelmed, there are a range of support services available to help you.