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Youthrive Integrated Therapy Services

Youthrive Integrated Therapy Services

Youthrive is a unique service that provides three types of therapy – psychology, speech pathology and occupational therapy for kids and young people.

Our integrated model means children and teenagers receive high quality professional support in one location without the stress and cost of travelling to separate service providers. A child may need one, or a combination, of the three therapies.

We believe in working closely with families to get the best outcomes for all. This includes making sure our involvement doesn't end in the clinic. We also work within schools and the community too!

Youthrive is committed to helping kids and young people achieve their psychological and developmental goals.



Transitioning Toddlers and Preppies to eat out of a lunchbox

By Stella Boyd-Ford, Youthrive Dietitian      When children transition to daycare, kindy or school there is so much excitement. However, there are also many new things to take in, and this can be overwhelming for little minds. Amongst these… Continue Reading >

Fussy Eaters and how a dietitian can help

Authors: Stella Boyd-Ford and Emily Easman   Mealtimes can often be stressful for some parents and when a child refuses food or demands alternative meals, parents may become frustrated or concerned that their child is not eating enough. When children… Continue Reading >

Helping children & families navigate back-to-school  

It’s that time of the year where families are racing around to tick off all the back-to-school requirements for the kids, such as buying new shoes, uniforms, books, pens and pencils. Youthrive understands it can be a challenging time with… Continue Reading >

The Importance of Sleep!

Sleep plays a very important role in our development, physical health and mental wellbeing. It is so important that on average, we sleep for one third of our lives! But it’s important to know the signs when a child may… Continue Reading >

Teaching your children mindfulness

By Mellissa Hooper, Youthrive Psychologist   If your child is struggling to focus at home, school or otherwise you could try teaching them basic steps to mindfulness. This does not necessarily mean meditation or yoga; instead it can be small… Continue Reading >

Speech and language development

Like any skill and milestone children will develop at different stages. Knowing a bit about speech and language development in children can help parents and carers know if there is anything to be concerned about and when to seek support… Continue Reading >

I Can’t Understand My Child

By Jess Swalwell, Youthrive Speech Pathologist   I can understand my child by no one else can. People are constantly asking me to interpret what my child is saying. Does this sound like something you have said before? It might… Continue Reading >

Childhood Depression

What is depression? Depression is a low mood that impacts everyday functioning, such as engagement in social interests, home life, leisure activities, and school life that cannot be attributed to an underlying medical condition or other mental health condition. The… Continue Reading >

What is a disruptive behavioural disorder?

What is a disruptive behavioural disorder? Disruptive behaviour disorders constitute behaviours that consistently “break the rules,” disrupt the lives of those around them and defy authority. While oppositional behaviour is common in very young children and teens, in extreme cases… Continue Reading >

How to reduce childhood stresses

By Alicia Windon, psychologist at Youthrive It’s nearly that time of the year where the final school term is nearing an end but with it comes the stress of kids completing assignments and tests. The younger children can also often… Continue Reading >

Understanding the Importance of Sleep for Your Child’s Age

By Katherine Coates, Youthrive Occupational Therapist.   Sleep is an important part of our everyday life, yet often getting to and staying asleep can be a challenge that many children experience. There are lots of things you can to help… Continue Reading >

How to Strengthen a Parent-Child Attachment

By Sophie Musgrave, Youthrive Occupational Therapist What is parent-child attachment? Being a parent is often coined the hardest job on the planet. One of the most difficult tasks of a parent is understanding how to respond to your child’s emotion…. Continue Reading >

Lunchbox Ideas for Picky Eaters

By Melanie Bouras, Senior Dietician at Youthrive   Knowing what to put in your child’s lunchbox can often be one of the most daunting tasks. Particular when you have a child with restricted eating behaviours due to Autism, ADHD, anxiety… Continue Reading >

Understanding the Sensory System to teach children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to eat new foods

By Melanie Bouras, Paediatric Dietitian Youthrive   It’s important to understand the sensory system, and how it often impacts on the foods we choose to eat or refuse to eat. The Sensory System involves; Sight Touch Smell Sound The food… Continue Reading >

The importance of tummy time for play and development…

By Ellie Ford, Occupational Therapist Youthrive What is tummy time?  Tummy time is when babies or young children are laying or playing on their bellies, also known as the prone position. Tummy time should be considered a position for play, to explore… Continue Reading >

How to begin exploring a sensory diet with your child

By Jessica Turner Occupational Therapist at Youthrive   There is significant misconception with what a sensory diet actually is due to the term “diet”. Sensory diets are not actually a nutritional diet for your child. Sensory diets are developed for… Continue Reading >

The Warning Signs of Childhood Sexual Exploitation and Grooming

By Peta Maynard, Clinical Psychologist, Youthrive   The most recent statistics on the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse revealed one in six women, and one in ten men experienced abuse before the age of 15 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017)…. Continue Reading >

Augmentative Alternative Communication

By Gabby Moloney, Speech Pathologist at Youthrive What is Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)? AAC stands for “Augmentative Alternative Communication” (AAC) and refers to communication devices or systems that support individuals with communication difficulties. AAC supports individuals with communication difficulties by: Allowing individuals… Continue Reading >

What is tongue tie and how to recognise it

By Ozgul Kara, Speech Pathologist at Youthrive What is tongue tie? Tongue tie is a congenital condition (present from birth) that is recognised by an unusually thickened, tightened or shortened frenum (string of tissue under the tongue), which limits movement… Continue Reading >

Communicating with confidence is the priority!

  There are 1.2 million Australians with communication disability. A large number of these people are children and young adults who need early support to ensure they participate fully in education and build healthy relationships to create a better future… Continue Reading >

COVID-19: Supporting Children with Autism

All children and young people need support from adults during times of stress and uncertainty, including during the coronavirus pandemic. This is a challenging time for many people and this uncertainty is a significant source of anxiety, particularly for children… Continue Reading >

Why do some kids regress in times of crisis?

By Robert McKenzie, Youthrive Psychologist   Have you noticed your child taking steps backwards in their development during COVID-19? Maybe there’s more moodiness, baby talk, potty accidents or sleep disruption than usual. Know that regression is temporary, and common in… Continue Reading >

What is telehealth?

Just like a normal therapy session, only virtual! Like many allied health organisations, at Youthrive, we are embracing technology and delivering our services at a distance by using telehealth to connect our therapists to children and their families. Telehealth is… Continue Reading >

How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus

As the spread of the coronavirus continues to gain momentum globally, children are being exposed to frequent media updates, panicked behaviour, and anxious conversations. It’s only natural that they will have a lot of questions about the pandemic, so it’s… Continue Reading >

The importance of sports for children

By Portia Gunn, Youthrive Occupational Therapist   Did you know that children and young people should be getting at least one hour of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity every day? Sports has many benefits to a child’s development. By playing sports,… Continue Reading >

Depositing into the emotional bank account of your child.

By Youthrive Psychologist Kasey Lloyd   Have you ever thought about the importance of demonstrating positive relationships to your child? We know how a regular bank account works: we make regular deposits (and withdrawals), and hopefully put enough aside for… Continue Reading >

Signs your child might have dyslexia

By Amy McAlister, Youthrive Chief Operating Officer and Speech Pathologist   Learning Disorder Specific to Reading and Writing – AKA Dyslexia – comes in all shapes and sizes and looks different for every person. For children, dyslexia is typically identified… Continue Reading >

These 5 basic concepts are essential for early school success!

By Sabina Pyne, Youthrive Speech Pathologist Your child’s understanding of basic concepts is important for their success at school and it’s easy to help them develop these skills at home!   What are the basic concepts? Basic concepts are words… Continue Reading >

Is my child ready to walk to school?

By Youthrive Clinical Psychologists   It’s natural that we want to make sure our children arrive safely at school. While it’s never easy saying goodbye to routine school drop-offs, is it time to give your children extra freedom and responsibility… Continue Reading >

Tips for positive parenting

Parenting is the most challenging job you will ever have. When it’s 6pm and your two daughters won’t stop fighting over the iPad while you are trying to make dinner. When your three year-old is (very loudly) letting you know… Continue Reading >

How technology can help educate kids

While there is a lot of stigma around screen time for children having a negative impact on their learning, it is absolutely undeniable that technology is an integral part of our society and vastly embedded into our culture. According to Youthrive Speech Pathologist, Freeda… Continue Reading >

How to approach your child’s teacher

How should you approach your child’s teacher when you are concerned about something occurring at school? Parents often find themselves in difficult situations with teachers. While teachers are there to facilitate your child’s learning, their roles and responsibilities have changed… Continue Reading >

Communicating with confidence is the priority!

There are 1.2 million Australians with communication disability. Speech pathologists like Freeda Thong from Youthrive in Springfield work with these Australians to provide them with the confidence to communicate. “In Australia today, communication disability is largely invisible. Unseen and out-of-sight,”… Continue Reading >

How to help your teen overcome school stress

By Youthrive Psychologist Kasey Lloyd   Stress is an individual’s response to pressure. A little stress is a good thing – it helps us realise the importance of something and assists us to perform at our best. However, too much stress… Continue Reading >

What is Speech Pathology?

By Youthrive Speech Pathologist Freeda Thong   What do Speech Pathologists do? Most people will think that a speech pathologist works only with children, and to only treat lisps. How boring that would be for those working as speech pathologists… Continue Reading >

Why bilingualism matters!

By Youthrive Speech Pathologist Freeda Thong   What is bilingualism? Bilingualism is being fluent in understanding and speaking two languages. There are more bilingual and multilingual people in the world than there are monolinguals. In Australia alone – being one of… Continue Reading >

Dysphagia, a difficult diagnosis to swallow

Did you know that the average human swallows 700 times a day?! A process that is seemingly easy, automatic and effortless to most, but for some can be very difficult and even dangerous. People who have difficulties with swallowing can… Continue Reading >

How to help your child speak confidently to adults

By Kasey Lloyd, Youthrive Psychologist   Why do some children find it easy to converse with family friends, professionals, and strangers while others struggle to whisper ‘hello’? Some researchers suggest we are born with different temperaments, while others suggest that… Continue Reading >

How cooking can help children with anxiety

By Chris Dickson, Youthrive Psychologist   Today, children are growing up in a whole new world. The boom in technology means that children are facing a lot of new difficulties that their parents never grew up with. Children are now… Continue Reading >

Developing the vocabulary skills vital for success!

By Sabina Pyne, Youthrive Speech Pathologist   Did you know that vocabulary growth helps kids think and learn about the world and is directly linked to their overall success at school? If your child is struggling with reading, research suggests that there… Continue Reading >

I think my child has a mental health condition – what should I do?

By Haylea Hodges, Youthrive Psychologist   Do not panic! Mental health conditions are quite common and are present in around one in seven children aged 4-17 years. Some of the most common mental health conditions that children present with include… Continue Reading >

Goal-setting with your child’s therapist: why it’s so important

By Dr Kelly Bowers, Youthrive Clinical Psychologist   Goal-setting is one of the most important things you can do in order to live the life you want for yourself and your family. While the benefits of setting goals are often… Continue Reading >

Play is the way!

By Emma McKay, Occupational Therapist, Youthrive Springfield   What is play? Play is an important way children learn about their environment, bodies, and place in the world around them. Play helps to assist a child’s brain with healthy development. Engaging… Continue Reading >

When should parents consider taking their child to a see a therapist?

Nobody knows a child better than their parent. Since we share each moment of their growth and developmental we become acutely aware of their individual characteristics, attributes and idiosyncrasies. All children advance at their own pace. It is, however, our… Continue Reading >



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