Speech and Language. What’s the difference?

As a Speech Pathologist, one of the first things I would often discuss with families during assessment or when starting intervention is the difference between speech and language. This is a very confusing topic for many parents, but one I… Continue Reading >

Motherhood and Anxiety

Anxiety is a far more common issue with new mums than postnatal depression. For many women, anxiety, not sadness, is what they feel after having their baby. It can start in pregnancy and once the baby is born to grow to… Continue Reading >

A Parent’s Guide to Taking Your Child or Teenager to Therapy

In my career, I’ve been able to help hundreds of kids and young people coming into my private practice when they have been experiencing mental health challenges. Mental health issues in Australian youth are relatively common, with a 2013-14 population… Continue Reading >

Mandala Colour Therapy

What is a Mandala? The word mandala comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and loosely means “circle” or “centre.” These sacred circles have long been used to facilitate meditation in the Indian and Tibetan religions promoting relaxation, balancing the body’s… 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 >

5 Myths about Children’s Mental Health

It’s always easier to empathise with suffering when we can clearly see it, such as a child with a broken leg. However, the suffering of a child with mental health problems is far less noticeable. In fact, many children with… Continue Reading >

A father’s experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Lachlan was diagnosed with ASD at three and a half years old. I remember being in denial for at least 6-12months. I thought it was just a phase of language/behaviour delay and that he’ll eventually catch up and grow out… 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 >