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You can view our recent and past newsletters from Good Start Psychology below.

Phew! It's Normal.

An age by age guide for what to expect from kids & teens - and what they need from their caregivers.

 

Here are some important developmental stages and the difficult behaviour that might come with them. You’ll often find that their behaviour, is completely normal and a sign that your child is flourishing and making his or her way through childhood or adolescence exactly as they are meant to.

Price Updates – Effective from 11th July 2024

Please note the following NDIS price updates at Good Start Psychology, effective from 11th July 2024.
 
Provisional Psychologist Session Fee
From 11th July 2024, the session fee with provisional psychologists will increase from $215.00 per hour to $225.00 per hour.
 
End of Plan Progress Reports 
From the 11th July 2024, the cost of end of plan reports will increase from $469.66 (2 hour charge) to $587.07 (2.5 hour charge.)

Phew! It's normal. An age by age guide for what to expect from kids & teens - and what they need from caregivers

Here are some important developmental stages and the difficult behaviour that might come with them. You’ll often find that their behaviour, is completely normal and a sign that your child is flourishing and making his or her way through childhood or adolescence exactly as they are meant to.

May: Social Skills Groups

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, assertiveness and social confidence.

If you are interested in attending our social skills classes or you would like some more information, please contact us on 7286 4939.

April: Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Month. Autism Month is about raising awareness, acceptance and inclusion surrounding autism.

More than 205,000 Australians are autistic and 1 in 4 Australians have a family member on the autism spectrum.

Autism Is A 'Dynamic Disability'

What does this mean?
This means that an autistic person’s skill and needs fluctuate depending on many factors.

Capacity and functioning are not concrete, and they may fluctuate depending on factors such as environment, cognition, executive function, processing capacity, Interoception/exteroception, neuro-fatigue, anxiety, communication differences, burnout & sensory overwhelm. This means Autistic people may be capable of a task one day, but unable to perform the task at another.

ADHD Through a Neuroaffirming Lens

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental condition that involves unique neurological differences in how the brain manages attention, focus, and impulses. Much of the information and language around ADHD is quite negative; we typically hear about children who are hyperactive, inattentive, impulsive, and who struggle to regulate their feelings.

Social Skills

Expressions of Interest: Social Skills Groups.
Learn in a safe and supportive environment at Good Start. Let us know your interests by selecting your favourites from the options.

Autism Through a Neuroaffirming Lens

Autism can be viewed as a neurological difference caused by natural variations in the human brain. Autism is a neurological difference in the nervous system which begins in utero and makes Autistic individuals think, move, interact, sense and process atypically or differently to a standardised norm.

Dates for Your Diary
Christmas Closure and Staff Leave Dates

We would like to wish all clients and their families a safe and happy festive season!

Please note the following closure and leave dates over the Christmas and New Year period.

Advance Notice – Changes to Servicing NDIA (Agency) Managed Participants

The NDIA have recently announced the rollout of a new system named PACE, which will have a significant impact on our administrative procedures as a provider, particularly for Agency (NDIA) managed participants.

GOOD START'S ART GALLERY ANNOUNCING WINNERS

See our Admin Team to collect your prize (Winners announced inside newsletter)
December's Theme: Christmas Cheer!

Good Start Psychology Price Updates - Effective from 1st January 2024

Please note the following NDIS pricing updates, effective from 1st January 2024:
End of Plan and Mid-Plan Progress Reports
Social Skills Groups 

NOVEMBER SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, assertiveness and social confidence.

GOOD START'S ART GALLERY

We are excited to announce Good Start's Art Gallery, a place for creative expression and community

OCTOBER SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, assertiveness and social confidence.

SEPTEMBER SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, assertiveness and social confidence.

Advance Notice - Price Update for Linda Bleckly

We would like to inform you that Linda Bleckly will soon be applying for general psychology registration after completing her internship at Good Start Psychology.

AUGUST SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in maintaining and learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, and assertiveness.

JULY SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in maintaining and learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, and assertiveness.

PRICING UPDATE

We would like to inform you that there will be no change to pricing for provisional or general registered psychologists fees this year. We will have a further review of pricing in 6 months.

JUNE SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in maintaining and learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, and assertiveness.

MAY SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in maintaining and learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, and assertiveness.

MARCH SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in maintaining and learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, and assertiveness.

SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in maintaining and learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, and assertiveness.

DECEMBER SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in maintaining and learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, and assertiveness.

NOVEMBER SOCIAL SKILLS TIMETABLE

Social skills at Good Start Psychology aims to support participants in maintaining and learning the skills used in daily living. Some of the areas we work on include body language, voice control, conversation, and assertiveness.

Advance Notice of NDIS Provisional Psychologist Fees Increase as of 1st January 2023

We would like to inform you of a scheduled increase to our NDIS provisional psychologist fees, effective from 1st January 2023. The increase is scheduled due to a range of factors, including increases to costs of living.

Autism Specific Parenting Program

Parenting all children is an extremely difficult job, and parents certainly do not get enough support. It's a tough and different job with every child as they are all so unique! This means different strategies may be required in order to cope with the stress those little ones may bring you as well as to help set them up for the future.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Clinic Closure - Thursday 22nd September 2022

Please be advised that Good Start Psychology will be CLOSED on Thursday 22nd September due to the recent announcement of a National Day of Mourning public holiday to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Strategies for living with Adult ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder affecting 1 in 20 Australian's. While there are many symptoms involved, some of the most common are impulsiveness, disorganisation, trouble multitasking and inefficient time management skills.

Pathological Demand Avoidance with Kara Martin

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a developmental disorder which describes an individual whose characteristic is extreme avoidance of everyday demands/expectations.

Good Start Psychology Price Updates From July 2022

We would like to inform you of upcoming changes to our psychology fees. 
Two of our provisional psychologists, Kerry Mayes and Ashlee Breen-Ellis, are applying for general psychology registration after completing their internship at Good Start Psychology.

Farewell Teddy, We Will Miss You!

Many of our clients will have met, pat, cuddled or played with the loveable, friendly Teddy!
We are very sad to announce that Teddy will soon be returning to his (other) family on their return from overseas.

Social Skills Groups at Good Start Psychology

Do you enjoy board games, LEGO, video games, movies or mysteries? Want to meet new people and learn some new skills? Come try our social skills sessions, suitable for a variety of age groups!

Congratulations Sam!
Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award

Many of you will be familiar with Sam's Popcorn! It is available for purchase at Good Start Psychology with all proceeds going toward Sam's charitable work.
Sam is a true inspiration and was recently presented with the 2022 Outstanding Citizen Award!

 

Social Skills Groups resuming in March 2022

Social Skills groups are back on at Good Start Psychology!

After a short break we will be running our Board Game, Video Game, Lego, Movie and Mystery sessions each week as normal.

Classroom Contacts – Good Start Psychology Policy

As face to face learning commences for all school age children and it becomes more common for students to be deemed ‘classroom contacts’ at school, we would like to advise parents of our policy in this area

Important Updates to Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and Social Skills Groups

We would like to advise that Good Start Psychology will no longer be providing Positive Behaviour Support Services.  We will be continuing to provide psychology and early intervention services, as well as cognitive (IQ) assessments.

Inclusive Swim Schools SA

Inclusive Swim are specialists in Water Safety, with an extensive background working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Temporary Suspension of Social Skills Groups

Due to the increased spread of COVID-19 in the state and the high risk associated with working in close groups, we have decided to suspend all group programs until February 2022.

Christmas Closure

Good Start Psychology will be CLOSED from Friday 24th December to Monday 3rd January

Christmas Gift Ideas for ASD Children

There is no doubt that Christmas giving for different neurotypes can be challenging and it sometimes feels near impossible trying to purchase the right gift!  What one person thinks will work well as a present can often miss the mark.

Meet The Staff

The Good Start Psychology team continues to grow, with several new therapists and administration staff joining us since the move to our new clinic in Elizabeth South.

Neuro Feedback Training

If you require an additional NFT session, Good Start Psychology is offering appointments Friday with Kara Martin.

Meal Times Strategies for ASD Kids

Parents of children with ASD can often have difficulties in managing their child’s eating patterns. This article provides some strategies that families can try to implement to help their child and family at mealtimes.

Social Skills Group - New Timetable

Good Start Psychology is currently in the process of transitioning to an updated and improved social skills program schedule. The old schedule will be discontinued on the 24th of September. The new social skills programs will start running on the 27th of September through till the 23rd of December.

Parents in Partnership - ONLINE

Due to density requirements and COVID restrictions, the upcoming Parents in Partnership seminar will be presented online, via Zoom, on Monday 16th August.

Social Skills Groups at Good Start Psychology

Good Start Psychology's new social skills program will be starting in August! Programs will run on Wednesday and Friday nights.

Issue 40 - July 2021

How to help children and young people with COVID-19 related fear and anxiety

Special Interest Information Evening Parents in Partnership

Monday 26th July, 2021
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Issue 39 - June 2021

NDIS Plans - Automatic Extensions

Issue 38 - May 2021

Welcome to our new clinic!

Special Issue - Advance Notice

Advance Notice of NDIS Fees Increase as of 1st July 2021

Special Issue - We have Moved!

Good Start Psychology has Moved!

Issue 37 - March, 2021

Good Start Psychology Is Moving!

Issue 36 - February, 2021

Magic Show for Children with Autism

Issue 35 - January, 2021

Back to School Tips for Parents of Students with Autism

Special Update - January, 2021

Support Coordination and Advocacy with Damien Porter

Issue 34 - December, 2020

Happy Holidays

Issue 33 - November, 2020

Introducing Digital Signatures at Good Start Psychology

Issue 32 - October, 2020

Halloween Special Event - 31st October to 1st November

Issue 31 - September, 2020

From Jacki Hall from Parental Stress Centre

Issue 30 - August, 2020

Sunday, September 6th is Father's Day!

Issue 29 - July, 2020

Meet our new therapist! Ashlee Breen-Ellis

Issue 28 - June, 2020

Our upstairs location is moving!

Issue 27 - May, 2020

Helping Children with Autism Cope with COVID-19

Issue 26 - April, 2020

NDIS Participant Priority Delivery Services

Issue 25 - March, 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Issue 23 - February, 2020

Good Start Psychology Research Study

Issue 22 - December, 2019

Have a wonderful festive season

Issue 21 - November, 2019

Stimulation of the Brain? What Can it Offer?

Issue 20 - October, 2019

Meet Our New Therapist!

Issue 19 - September, 2019

Playgroup on the Green at Civic Park

Issue 18 - August, 2019

Registered NDIS Provider

Issue 17 - July, 2019

NDIS Price Increases Update

Issue 15 - May, 2019

Asia Pacific Autism Conference

Issue 14 - April, 2019

Happy Easter!

Issue 13 - March, 2019

Nature Play SA Forest Festival 2019

Issue 12 - February, 2019

START at the Art Gallery SA

Issue 11 - January, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Issue 10 - December, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Issue 9 - November, 2018

Teens with ADHD and Social Media

Issue 8 - October, 2018

11 Assistive Learning Tools for Students with ADHD

Issue 7 - September, 2018

Reading comprehension and autism

Issue 6 - August, 2018

NDIS and Psychologists

Issue 5 - July, 2018

ADHD and Micronutrients

Issue 4 - June, 2018

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Family Gala

Issue 3 - May, 2018

Happy Mother's Day from all the team at Good Start Psychology

Issue 2 - April, 2018

Carclew Explore Arts April school holiday program

Issue 1 - March, 2018

Welcome to our very first
Good Start Psychology newsletter!

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