Child and Adolescent Development Service (CAADS)
AddressNorth Lakes, Endeavour Boulevard, Freshwater Village, North Lakes, Caboolture, Queensland, 4509, Australia
The Child and Adolescent Development Service (CAADS) is a psychologist practice in North Lakes committed to supporting the wellbeing of young people and their families. We offer a range of proven interventions to assist clients to understand and manage a variety of issues.
What we do:
Psychologists study how people think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint. We apply this knowledge to help others understand their own and other people’s behaviour. We also provide advice and support to help clients make positive changes to improve their lives.
CAADS specialises in helping children, adolescents, young adults, and their families to understand and manage issues in relation to:
- Anxiety (fears & worries)
- Sadness and depression
- Stress management
- Grief & loss
- Neurodevelopmental problems (including ADHD & ASD)
- Intellectual functioning
- Problems with attention, concentration and memory
- Learning difficulties and other educational concerns
- Social difficulties
- Difficult behaviour
- Parenting advice & support
Our friendly psychologists offer age-appropriate individual therapy sessions that provide a warm and safe environment to explore and address concerns. We provide advice to parents to help them to better understand their child’s issues and to support the child’s progress through therapy and afterwards.
We are recognised providers of intervention services for children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including the Helping Children with Autism Program (HCWAP) – early intervention funding through the Department of Social Services.
We are accredited facilitators of the Secret Agent Society (SAS) group program for children (ages 8-11) who have difficulty recognising and managing their emotions, and who experience social difficulties.
Formalised assessment may be necessary for some clients to better understand their difficulties and to develop an appropriate care plan. We carry out comprehensive assessment to determine whether or not there are underlying developmental problems.
We offer the following assessments:
Cognitive assessment is carried out to determine a person’s strengths and weaknesses in regards to how they think and problem-solve. It is a useful measure of a person’s learning capability and it can be helpful to understand issues, such as independent living problems or academic difficulties.
Academic assessment is conducted to gauge how a young person is performing academically in comparison to his or her peers. This assessment is usually carried out in conjunction with cognitive assessment to better understand why that person is having academic problems.
School Readiness assessment
To determine if a child has the appropriate maturity and skills to successfully engage in the Prep year at school.
Gifted & Talented assessment
To identify a child who may be cognitively advanced to assist in determining how to best support the child’s development.
Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Difficulties
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental problem marked by a persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity that significantly affects functioning. ADHD can interfere with learning and result in behaviour difficulties and social problems.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental problem which impacts on a person’s capacity to communicate and interact socially with others. There may also be emotional and sensory processing difficulties that can significantly affect a person’s ability to cope with the challenges of daily living.
How to organise your first visit
You are not required to have a doctor’s referral to access our services. However, under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative, a Medicare rebate is available for certain mental health issues (prices and rebates available by contacting our office). We encourage families to speak to their General Practitioner or Paediatrician about obtaining a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP), if appropriate, and a referral letter outlining the issue/s that you would like assistance with.
We have a number of psychologists at our practice and you will be delegated to the most suitable professional for your situation. As such, we request that doctors address their referrals to the Child and Adolescent Development Service rather than an individual psychologist.
If you are seeking services under the Helping Children with Autism Program (HCWAP) – early intervention funding, please contact our office on 07 3482 2457 for further information on booking appointments with us.
If you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) in place and a valid referral you will be able to access a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions each year. Please note that we are unable to offer bulk billing.
If you have private health insurance that covers psychology services, you may be eligible for a rebate from your fund. Please contact your health insurer to check your eligibility. Please note that you cannot access both the Medicare rebate and private health rebate for the same visit.
The cost for assessments varies so please contact us for details. Most assessments do not attract a Medicare rebate; however, if you have a valid referral under the Helping Children with Autism Program (HCWAP) from a paediatrician or psychiatrist, a Medicare rebate is available.
We invite you to contact our office on (07) 3482 2457 for further information.