Family Counselling

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

  • advocacy 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.

Other family services

Parent-Child Play Based Group

Good play skills are so important in the development of Autistic young people who can often have limited interest in interacting with others


Parent Workshops

We offer various workshops throughout the year that assist parents with different strategies in caring for an autistic young person.


Multilingual Parent-Child Group

Designed for families where English is a second language and who have autistic children up to 5 years of age with.


Archie’s Club

Designed to be fun and engaging, our sibling support program provides opportunities for open discussions about the good and the challenging.


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