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

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

  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

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

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

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

Relationships Australia – Northern Beaches Centre Client Liaison Officer: Jade/Alisa The Northern Beaches Family Relationships Centre offers a range of services and programs to help strengthen families at all stages of their life. We offer individual, couple & family counselling services, parenting mediation services for families going through the process of separation and we run a range of group educational and parenting skills programs. Family Relationship Centres Family Relationship Centres provide relationship support services nationally. There are 65 Family Relationships Centres across Australia, managed by a number of different organisations including Relationships Australia. What is a Family Relationship Centre? A Family Relationship Centre is a place where families can access information and advice on: building and strengthening relationships early intervention and prevention services child-friendly services for families in conflict family dispute resolution services parenting plans re-partnering and stepfamily arrangements information and referral to other services. Family Relationship Centres offer a range of services and programs to help families at all stages of their life including people starting relationships, those who want to make their relationships stronger, people with relationship difficulties and families who have separated. The Centres encourage separating parents to maintain a strong focus on the needs of their...

 Family Support /  New South Wales

SPELD NSW is a Public Benevolent Institution whose mission is to provide advice and services to children and adults with specific learning difficulties and those who teach, work with and care for them. SPELD NSW is one of the National Federation of SPELD Associations, AUSPELD. It is an incorporated not-for-profit association of parents and professionals committed to advancing the education and well-being of children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties. Speld NSW supports, disseminates information and advocates in response to the needs of children and adults who have Specific Learning Difficulties (SLDs) and those who teach and care for them by: Supporting their educational needs Supporting teachers, other professionals and kindred associations in matters of SLD Promoting knowledge of and equal access to all aspects of education for those with SLD Acting as advocates on behalf of people with SLD in advancing collaboration and communication with educational and government authorities and other relevant bodies. Specific Learning Difficulties are a common co-morbidity of ADHD with up to 40% of those with ADHD also have a specific learning difficulty.

 Learning Disabilities Support /  New South Wales

Stress Strainer is an advisory service guiding parents and children to appropriate services to suit their individual needs. Stress Strainer remains connected and commits to an ongoing connection. Stress Strainer is based on a system. Stress Strainer teaches  people strategies to understand social and emotional learning in a positive way. Stress Strainer assists parents and children to lead healthier lives and have healthier relationships. Stress Strainer measures and then manages adversity and focuses on processes and strategies. Contact: Wendy O’Hanlon

 Family Support /  New South Wales

  The Fathering Project It’s about the kids. The Fathering Project is a University of Western Australia-based not-for-profit charity led by a team of professionals that aims to help fathers realise how important they are in a child’s life and to give them advice on how to encourage their children. The Fathering Project is for the benefit of the kids, we know that a fathers’ impact on a child is profound.  We aim to inspire and equip fathers and father figures to engage with their kids. The Fathering Project has a range of Fathering Tips available:  Activities Tips & Experiences Dads and father-figures can also get connected with Dads Groups online

 Dad Support /  Western Australia

TSAA is unique in that it is the only organisation that supports people with Tourette Syndrome and chronic tic disorders Australia-wide. TSAA is a self funded registered charity run by volunteers and has been operating since 1989. The Association works to increase awareness of Tourette Syndrome to help those affected by Tourettes to live a normal life, gain public acceptance and to assist medical research into the disorder. TSAA's 29 years of experience includes telephone support, email support, an informative website, Facebook and closed FB Groups. We offer services to help break down the isolation many people with TS experience, particularly in rural areas. TSAA has a National Camp Program, with Tourette ’s camps in the following states: NSW, QLD, VIC and ADL. Our service includes educational & resource materials about Tourette Syndrome and comorbits (like ADHD), quarterly newsletters to inform and help connect those with TS. TSAA has support groups in all states and territories (research has shown support groups perform a valuable function in the after diagnosis period for persons with TS). The organisation runs educational forums, conferences and social events, school in-service programs (school talk packs aimed at both the children & staff of schools to assist with...

 ADHD Co-morbid Support Groups /  New South Wales

Twice Exceptional Educational Consultancy Rhonda Filmer - BA GradDipEd, COGE, M.EdAdmin (UNSW) & Chair of SPELD NSW I take appointments to discuss the learning profiles of bright and gifted children (but no-one is excluded – this is just my specialty) when there is underachievement and even failure to thrive at school. Often, there is undiagnosed ADHD or ADHD (PIP), sometimes with Specific Learning Disabilities as well. I do standardised Achievement testing and report to families and schools, I accompany parents to Learning Support team meetings at school to explain the challenges faced by children with ADHD and to demonstrate the need for remediation/ curricular adjustments. I also tutor students who have fallen behind their expected levels of achievement and progress at school and/or extend them in their areas of learning strength.

 Learning Disabilities Support /  New South Wales

CATHOLIC CARE – WOMEN’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COURT ADVOCACY SERVICE (WDVCAS) A free and confidential service that provides support, advocacy, referrals and information for women experiencing domestic violence. We help women and their children with information about domestic and family violence, and how to get protection from the court. We see clients before, during, and after court. Cost: Free   

 Family Support /  New South Wales

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