As a specialist disability assessment and intervention service, we are in the frontline of diagnosis confirmation and can help in developing specific interventions to address any functional deficits.

Numerous deficits can impact on functional capacity; ranging widely from a neurocognitive or neurodevelopment issue such as a learning disorder, to an acquired issue such as a head injury.  Our focus is to determine the cause (or in some cases, more than one cause) and to invest in improving day-to-day function.

Neurodevelopment

Neurodevelopmental disorders can include genetically defined disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual Disability and Developmental Delays.

Cognition

Cognitive Disorders are defined as any deficits in a person’s cognition.  This can be caused by dementia, certain medical illnesses (e.g. strokes) and major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.  Cognitive disorders may be temporary or permanent, and proper diagnosis and interventions can often prevent, or improve cognitive functions regardless of cause.

Learning

Learning is a significant part of children’s formative and schooling years. To ensure the child is able to participate to their fullest potential it is important that any concerns impacting upon learning are identified early. Many things can impact upon our ability to learn but more commonly this may include either sensory processing needs or specific learning disorders.

Behaviour

Behavioural disorders are conditions that cause people to think, feel and behave in a way that may put themselves or others at risk.  It is often a manifestation of something underlying that is expressed in a maladaptive way.  This can be due to a neurocognitive disorder, or an underlying psychological issue or a combination of both.  Psychological interventions alone are often inadequate in addressing Behavioural Disorders, which are more appropriately managed by our Behaviour Support Specialists.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can result from an internal or external trauma.  Internal trauma include strokes or other organic causes like tumours.  External causes include head trauma.  Brain injuries can significantly affect its functions and result in cognitive and psychiatric manifestations.  A comprehensive diagnosis of functional capacity is therefore very important to identify areas of deficit, and areas that may improve with specific interventions.

Mental Health

Major mental illness can result in quite significant cognitive deficits.  Illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder can result in cognitive regression and severe functional impairment in day-to-day activities.  We collaborate with our partners at The Shrink Company and The Shrink Neuro to identify, treat and remediate cognition and metacognition to improve functional capacity.

Contact us at one of our 6 convenient locations

Robina

Brisbane

Palm Beach

Tweed Heads

Murwillumbah