Children & Adolescents
The passage through childhood and into adolescence requires careful navigation. Children and adolescents are charged with many developmental tasks, social learning, and academic challenges.
Childhood consists of toddlerhood, early childhood, and middle childhood. In early childhood children are learning through observing, experimenting and communicating with others. Adults supervise and support the developmental process of children, which then will lead to a child's growing autonomy. Also during this stage, a strong emotional bond is created between children and their care providers and the social world of the child is being formed. Middle childhood begins at around age seven or eight, approximating primary school age. It ends around puberty, which typically marks the beginning of adolescence. In this period, children are attending school, thus developing socially and mentally. They are at a stage where they make new friends and gain new skills, which will enable them to become more independent and enhance their individuality.
Adolescence is usually determined by the onset of puberty. However, puberty may also begin in preadolescents. The onset of adolescence brings various physical, psychological and behavioural changes in the child.
At Let’s Talk Psychology Practice we acknowledge the important role that sensitive and appropriate psychological input plays during childhood and adolescence to support optimal development and support navigation through the various challenges inherent during these important phases of development.
Specialising in the assessment, treatment, and counselling of:
- Anxiety (including generalised anxiety, social phobia, OCD, Panic, and specific phobia, perfectionism)
- School adjustment
- Teasing and bullying
- Social skills
- Assertiveness skills
- Performance anxiety
- Managing HSC stress