Dennis Knox - School’s & Community Liaison Officer – Hills & Northern Sydney Ability Options have been supporting people with disability who need assistance to achieve their aspirations and inclusion in the community for 40 years.  Ability Options provide a variety of services from 25 sites across NSW, supporting people in the home and in the community, in education, with allied health, supported and independent living through the NDIS.  Ability Options assist people to find the job that’s right for them, through the Australian Government’s job active scheme as well as the Disability Employment Scheme (DES).

 Learning Disabilities Support /  New South Wales

ADHD Australia ADHD Australia was established from a need to stand up for, and support, people impacted by ADHD in order to optimise positive outcomes for those individuals, their families and the community at large. ADHD Australia is a registered national, independent, non-profit organisation which is committed to removing barriers to well being for those living with ADHD. Among the key guiding principles of our founding directors was to be independent of all existing ADHD bodies, working closely with them to complement their existing efforts. We aim to create positive public awareness and improved understanding, through evidence-based information, which will reduce the stigma associated with ADHD. Our focus will be across the education and health related areas which will have the greatest positive impact. We will also partner with government and other like-minded organisations to fulfill our vision. Vision To make Australia a better place for people living with ADHD. Mission To create systemic positive change for people living with ADHD through discovery, translation and advocacy. Values  Collaboration With an estimated 1.2 million Australian living with ADHD, being collaborative is the only way we will succeed. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and we need to...

 ADHD Peak Bodies /  Australia

ADHD Support Australia ADHD Support Australia provides support both face-to-face and online for parents of children with ADHD, Adults/Teens with ADHD, teachers and professionals working with ADHD. Monthly expert speakers on a range of ADHD-related topics at Pittwater RSL, Mona Vale (ONLINE NOW) Parenting Children with ADHD 6-week course face-to-face (Warriewood) (CURRENTLY ONLY ONLINE) and online Parent Meet ups (NOW VIRTUAL) Adult Meet ups (NOW VIRTUAL) Parent Relaxation Events Patreon Membership site for access to recordings of speaker evenings, slides & discounts on courses, free entry to speaker evenings Directory of Professionals, Resources, Services & Products Expert blog Online Facebook Communities ADHD Support Australia Facebook Page ADHD Support Australia Facebook Group ADHD Book Discussion Group Essential Oils for ADHD, Anxiety, Sleep & Mumma Self Love  

 Parent Support /  Australia

Alison (Sally) Poulton - Senior Lecturer - Sydney Medical School Nepean - University of Sydney   I am a paediatrician specialising in treating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I studied medicine at Girton College Cambridge and Guy’s Hospital London, qualifying in 1982. I trained in paediatrics in Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham UK before migrating to Australia. I completed my advanced training in Melbourne and Sydney and gained the FRACP in 1993. I work at Nepean Hospital, at Penrith Child and Youth Mental Health Service and in private practice in Penrith and have raised a family of four children. I was awarded my MD from the University of Cambridge in 2011. This was based on research into the collateral effects of stimulant medication on children’s height, weight, physical maturity and body composition.  

 Researcher /  New South Wales

We provide carer support groups and social activities across Sydney for people with ASD that may also have ADHD. Our organisation is free to join and members have access to a weekly email and able to book in to activities as well as Facebook pages with secret status so they can connect with others, share information and gain mutual support.

 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support /  New South Wales

Beautiful Minds Beautiful Minds tackles the tough topics, bringing them to light so our youth feel empowered, educated and supported throughout their often-challenging journey of being a teenager. Today, Marina and her team of 85 expert educators, deliver workshops to thousands of Australian teens and adults each year. She has received both national and international press for the success of her business and the impact she has on the community. This year, Marina was interviewed by The Washington Post, selected as a world leader in the youth space. This year, Beautiful Minds educated 1.5 million school students through their school diary content. The Beautiful Minds content has the approval of the Australian Education Department with content being gifted to 3.5 million parents through an online school diary. As of 2019, Beautiful Minds will be available worldwide through our series of online programs and regular events hosted in Australia and the US. Beautiful Minds is Australia’s leading brand in peak performance and mental fitness for kids aged 8 - 17. Our world-class coaches give children a tool-kit to deal with overwhelm, which often leads to PTSD and trauma. Our sole focus is on optimal wellbeing and true mental fitness. We offer...

 Youth Mental Health /  New South Wales

Black Dog Institute The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. We are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education. What we do The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness, and the promotion of wellbeing. We aim to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through the rapid translation of high quality research into improved clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions. Our unique approach incorporates clinical services with our cutting-edge research, our health professional training and community education programs. We combine expertise in clinical management with innovative research to develop new, and more effective strategies for people living with mental illness. We also place emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health in themselves and others, as well as providing them with...

 Mental Health Support Services /  New South Wales

  National Centre for Excellence for Complex Trauma Blue Knot Foundation actively advocates for systemic change in the community, and for government policy. Historically, the needs of Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse have not been a community or government priority. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was ground-breaking. The National Redress Scheme, from July 1 2018-2028 is also a watershed achievement. But much more needs to be done to address the needs of all adults experiencing childhood trauma and abuse. Blue Knot Foundation is not able, however, to provide individual advocacy services to survivors. A 2016 study by Brown et al. established that children with ADHD have higher exposure to adverse childhood experiences than children without ADHD.  It also showed a significant association between ACE score, ADHD and moderate to severe ADHD. Additionally children who have experienced trauma and traumatic stress can experience a range of symptoms which overlap with those of ADHD, with the risk of misdiagnosis significant (Symanski et al., 2011). Helpline Helpline hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am – 5pm AEST/ADST

 Mental Health Support Services /  New South Wales

The Cool Kids Anxiety Program has been running at Macquarie University since 1993. It is a structured 10 session program run over a minimum of 10 weeks that teaches children (ages 7-17 years) and their parents how to better manage a child’s anxiety. The program can be run with individuals or in a group, in a clinical or school setting and involves participation of child and parent. For teens the program is nicknamed Chilled. The Cool Kids Anxiety Program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with a focus on teaching practical skills. The program has undergone continual scientific evaluation and development to include the latest understanding of anxiety and its treatment. Current results indicate that most young people who complete our programs show significant improvement. Following treatment, there are marked increases in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities and decreases in worry, shyness, fear and family distress.

 Youth Mental Health /  New South Wales

Coral Tree Family Service Coral Tree Family Service is a NSW state-wide tertiary referral service that aims to assist children and their families experiencing significant difficulties with mental health, behaviour, emotions and relationships. Many of the children Coral Tree sees have long-standing difficulties in their home, school and social environments. Coral Tree offers intensive programs for families with a child 12 years and under. A referral can be made when responses to primary and secondary intervention has not brought desired outcomes. Examples of primary and secondary interventions are as follows: Primary service: May include local community programs run such as parenting programs (e.g., 'Tuning into Kids', Triple-P parenting) and early intervention programs (e.g., Brighter Futures). This may also include involvement from local GPs, paediatricians, and school counsellors. Secondary service: A community team or private practitioner/s, providing specialist mental health intervention for children and youth with severe and complex mental health problems and their families, such as Child & Adolescent/ Youth Mental Health Services (CAMHS/ CYMHS). All services are provided in the context of the child's family system, and so, all members of the household are active participants at Coral Tree. We work closely with local services and clinicians as these practitioners will...

 Family Support /  New South Wales

DAYSS (DRUG & ALCOHOL YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES) A free and confidential service for 12–24 year olds in the Northern Beaches area. Empowers young people to create positive change in their own lives and communities. We also support parents who have children effected by drugs and alcohol. Services we offer include: One on one support (Case management, Counselling or Mentoring) After Care Support School & Community Education and therapeutic Programs Outreach (Streetwork, events)  Cost: Free 

 Drug, Alcohol & Substance Abuse Support /  New South Wales

EarlyEd is an early intervention service for children and their families, delivering all the services they need including speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, behaviour support and special education. For over 40 years, as a not for profit organisation, Early Ed have been supporting families across Northern and Western Sydney. Our teams have specialised early intervention skills as well as discipline specific skills to help them assess, set goals and provide interventions that will support the child as a whole as well as their family and community. Our teams of intervention staff work together with families, preschools and childcare to find ways to support children to be ready to learn. Early Ed plan and deliver support in ways that meet the individual needs and interests of each child and family. By creating a team around each child with their family, we take a holistic approach to support, prioritise areas needing support and then work side by side to achieve the best outcomes. For the young child Early Ed has professionals who specialise in supporting early development, inclusion in preschool and transitioning children to school. A team of professionals also specialise in supporting the needs of school-aged children at home, in the community...

 Family Support /  New South Wales

EarlyEd is an early intervention service for children and their families, delivering all the services they need including speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, behaviour support and special education. For over 40 years, as a not for profit organisation, Early Ed have been supporting families across Northern and Western Sydney. Our teams have specialised early intervention skills as well as discipline specific skills to help them assess, set goals and provide interventions that will support the child as a whole as well as their family and community. Our teams of intervention staff work together with families, preschools and childcare to find ways to support children to be ready to learn. Early Ed plan and deliver support in ways that meet the individual needs and interests of each child and family. By creating a team around each child with their family, we take a holistic approach to support, prioritise areas needing support and then work side by side to achieve the best outcomes. For the young child Early Ed has professionals who specialise in supporting early development, inclusion in preschool and transitioning children to school. A team of professionals also specialise in supporting the needs of school-aged children at home, in the community...

 Learning Disabilities Support /  New South Wales

EarlyEd is an early intervention service for children and their families, delivering all the services they need including speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, behaviour support and special education. For over 40 years, as a not for profit organisation, Early Ed have been supporting families across Northern and Western Sydney. Our teams have specialised early intervention skills as well as discipline specific skills to help them assess, set goals and provide interventions that will support the child as a whole as well as their family and community. Our teams of intervention staff work together with families, preschools and childcare to find ways to support children to be ready to learn. Early Ed plan and deliver support in ways that meet the individual needs and interests of each child and family. By creating a team around each child with their family, we take a holistic approach to support, prioritise areas needing support and then work side by side to achieve the best outcomes. For the young child Early Ed has professionals who specialise in supporting early development, inclusion in preschool and transitioning children to school. A team of professionals also specialise in supporting the needs of school-aged children at home, in the community...

 Parent Support /  New South Wales

CATHOLIC CARE – FAMILY REFERRAL SERVICE Links you and your family with services to help with: Child and parenting programs Counselling and mediation Domestic violence Financial assistance Referrals to homelessness services Mental health support Migrant and settlement Youth support … and many other services you may need. Cost: Free All families and single young people Northern Sydney Region

 Family Support /  New South Wales

Gifted Learning Disabled (GLD) Australia is a national not-for-profit online learning community and support group responding to the needs of intellectually gifted learners with disability (GLD) or other learning challenges, including ADHD. Through the sharing of information, research and personal experiences, GLD Australia members seek to provide support for GLD children and for those who care for, teach and advocate for them.

 Learning Disabilities Support /  New South Wales

Junaya Family Development Services (JFDS) is a community based organisation offering Early Intervention Services and support for families with children between the ages of 0-18 years old. JFDS also runs a specialised project to support families, parents or carers with children 0-18 years old who are experiencing learning difficulties and/or challenging behaviours. EARLY INTERVENTION & PREVENTION PROGRAM (EIPP) Funded by Family & Community Services, the EIPP program endeavours to deliver a broader range of less intensive early intervention services. LEARNING DIFFICULTIES|DISABILITY STREAM The Learning Difficulties/Disability Stream is provided through our EIPP Program to work alongside parents/carers who have children 0-18 years old who are experiencing learning difficulties/disabilities. Its main goal is to improve their life opportunities and overall well-being. Please note that JFDS is both an independent non government organisation (NGO) and a not for profit organisation. FAMILY DEVELOPMENT GROUPS We provide FREE Courses and Workshop groups: for Dads, Mums and Carers in the Blacktown LGA and the wider community of Western Sydney which run during each of the 4 School Terms childrens’ groups which either cover ages 2-12 or 11-18 years old parenting and support groups for those with 0-18 year olds | child and youth groups 8-12 & 12-18 y.o....

 Family Support /  New South Wales

KYDS help young people understand, and manage, difficult issues in their lives. We do this by providing easily accessed, personalised counselling and mental health support services, family counselling, and early intervention well being workshops and information events. We ensure issues such as grief, loss, family break ups, friendship problems, school and study stress, addictions, risky behaviour, anger, bullying, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use, body image concerns, mental health concerns, self harm and suicidal thoughts do not overwhelm young people. Counselling Services for Young People We provide easily-accessed counselling, provided by approachable, non-judgemental professionals, at centres in Lindfield and Hornsby. We work with young people for the long haul, to help them understand the difficulties they face, and guide them to a position where they can effectively cope with those issues on a daily basis. No formal referrals from doctors or school staff are needed to see a KYDS counsellor: simply ring the main office in Lindfield (02 9416 0900), provide some background information and an overview of the situation, and one of the team will get back to you to arrange an initial appointment. Family Counselling Support Sometimes, the issues young people face impact their wider family, or our...

 Family Support /  New South Wales

KYDS help young people understand, and manage, difficult issues in their lives. We do this by providing easily accessed, personalised counselling and mental health support services, family counselling, and early intervention well being workshops and information events. We ensure issues such as grief, loss, family break ups, friendship problems, school and study stress, addictions, risky behaviour, anger, bullying, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use, body image concerns, mental health concerns, self harm and suicidal thoughts do not overwhelm young people. Counselling Services for Young People We provide easily-accessed counselling, provided by approachable, non-judgemental professionals, at centres in Lindfield and Hornsby. We work with young people for the long haul, to help them understand the difficulties they face, and guide them to a position where they can effectively cope with those issues on a daily basis. No formal referrals from doctors or school staff are needed to see a KYDS counsellor: simply ring the main office in Lindfield (02 9416 0900), provide some background information and an overview of the situation, and one of the team will get back to you to arrange an initial appointment. Family Counselling Support Sometimes, the issues young people face impact their wider family, or our...

 Mental Health Support Services /  New South Wales

KYDS help young people understand, and manage, difficult issues in their lives. We do this by providing easily accessed, personalised counselling and mental health support services, family counselling, and early intervention well being workshops and information events. We ensure issues such as grief, loss, family break ups, friendship problems, school and study stress, addictions, risky behaviour, anger, bullying, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use, body image concerns, mental health concerns, self harm and suicidal thoughts do not overwhelm young people. Counselling Services for Young People We provide easily-accessed counselling, provided by approachable, non-judgemental professionals, at centres in Lindfield and Hornsby. We work with young people for the long haul, to help them understand the difficulties they face, and guide them to a position where they can effectively cope with those issues on a daily basis. No formal referrals from doctors or school staff are needed to see a KYDS counsellor: simply ring the main office in Lindfield (02 9416 0900), provide some background information and an overview of the situation, and one of the team will get back to you to arrange an initial appointment. Family Counselling Support Sometimes, the issues young people face impact their wider family, or our...

 Youth Mental Health /  New South Wales

The Learning Difference Convention - Jillian Zocher, Director The Learning Difference Convention is an annual event in Sydney and Melbourne , linking delegates to support networks, teacher training, resources, research, authors and  information, all relating to learning differences. Neurological differences are to be recognised and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labelled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others. The Learning Difference Convention recognises that a systematic, explicit and multi-sensory approach to reading is essential and that early intervention is key. Whilst we provide FREE resources to assist with reading, we recognise that dyslexia is more than just a reading difficulty and that dyslexics have varying needs, relative to their individual strengths and weaknesses. This unique event allows us to share the plethora of information, whether it be reading, writing, spelling, co-ordination, concentration, auditory processing, mathematics, study skills, organizational skills, self-esteem difficulties, anxiety, social skills, behaviour, technology, visual processing, nutrition and more. The event allows you to ask the necessary questions, meet the experts and support groups and try out loads of resources. The event has triggered a healthy debate, resulting in increased awareness, increased action, increased support, whilst inspiring unity between organisations and institutions. The LDC offer...

 Learning Disabilities Support /  New South Wales

Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW Inc   The LDC offers a telephone helpline for parents, teachers and health professionals relating to learning difficulties and associated issues, eg. ADHD, dyslexia, Autism, Tourettes, Anxiety, Social Skills, Bullying, Literacy/Numeracy, Self Esteem, Speech/Language and more. Information on assessments, contacts, tutors, support groups, resources, etc are available via the helpline. The LDC also run a seminar each school term and have a range of publications relating to LD. Membership is also available to individuals and schools/organisations. The telephone helpline is open school days, school hours. Wendy Bowman - LDC Parent Helpline Coordinator

 Learning Disabilities Support /  New South Wales

CATHOLIC CARE NAREMBURN + NORTHERN BEACHES FAMILY CENTRE Our Family Centres are located at Brookvale, Naremburn, Waitara and on the Central Coast at Tuggerah. Each centre provides a range of family and parenting services that directly address family wellbeing, parenting, relationship skills, and early childhood development. We work in partnership with other organisations and agencies and refer families as needed. Family Support                                                Couple, Child and adolescent counselling, Family and Individual Counselling Meditation and Family Dispute resolution                              Northern Sydney Woman’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service Disability Support Financial Counselling Parenting Groups and supported playgrounds Youth Services  Cost: Free  

 Family Support /  New South Wales

NOT YOUR AVERAGE MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY Basically, we're a bunch of twenty-somethings looking out for our mates on the beaches. Our initiative was born from a frustration at the lacking visibility and accessibility of mental health care in our area. And from the anger at losing too many friends to mental illness. One Eighty is youth mental health care and awareness done differently. One Eighty is a registered Australian suicide prevention charity. In particular, we use early intervention to promote the prevention of youth suicide. The organisation’s primary activity is to fund, develop and implement local projects that equip young adults with skills in mental health care. These projects engage through educational programs, mentoring support, and life-skills training. One Eighty is primarily led by a team of dedicated and passionate young adults, ensuring the charity’s vision and actions remain evidence based, outcome specific, relevant and accessible to local young people. One Eighty also works to support youth culture, to celebrate creativity and differences, and to encourage community participation on the Northern Beaches. https://www.facebook.com/oneeightyinc/

 Youth Mental Health /  New South Wales

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