Raising kids is full of wild swings: up and downs, navigating the various behavioural phases and trying to understand the best way forward. Having an autistic child can compound these ups and downs and each parent will have different methods of how to deal with things. Often there’s frustration about the lack of services and waiting times. Often accompanying frustration is a level of anxiety or depression about what this means for their child, themselves, their family and the future.
Our family counselling program provides counselling and support for parents and carers of Autistic children. People seek counselling for any number of reasons:
NDIS pre-planning support
carer and parent counselling
interpersonal and relationship difficulties
family and sibling support
parenting education and support
carer group therapy and support.
Parents and carers can access mental health social work services at Irabina through the following Medicare plans: Better Access to Mental Health Care, Chronic Disease Management (Enhanced Primary Care), Improved Daily Living and Capacity Building.
Social work services can also be accessed using NDIS funding under parent/carer training items, or by private fee-for-service. Please speak to our Funding Officer for further information.