Child & Family
Worried about your child? We are here to listen, we know how to help.
An Introduction to our Child and Family Services
Are you looking for more support and guidance for your child? Do you have concerns and worries around their emotional, social and physical development? Our team in Child and Family Services can help you.
Occupational Therapy for Children
Our Occupational Therapists work with your child to help them become more independent and skilled in their daily activities. We work closely with you to ensure your child’s goals are achieved.
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Physiotherapy for Children
Our physiotherapists work with you to meet the physical needs of your child. We take a holistic approach so children and their families achieve their goals and accomplish more.
Read more about physiotherapy for children.
Speech Pathology for Children
Our speech pathologists work closely with you to ensure your child’s communication needs are met and goals are achieved.
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Psychology for children
Our psychologists help children and their families work through challenges in a safe and supportive environment. Sessions with young children are often fun and play based. We can provide support and effective strategies for parents.
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Dietetics for Children
Our dietitians provide a friendly and non-judgmental service for families looking for support with food, eating, health and wellness.
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Early Childhood Early Intervention
Biala-Stride Early Childhood Early Intervention is a multi disciplinary team here to assist you and your child with developmental delay or disability.
Read more about early childhood early intervention.
Family Counselling and Support
Our experienced family support worker can assist you and your family to develop skills needed to manage better in everyday situations.
Read more about family counselling and support.
Audiology for children
We provide comprehensive hearing assessments and advice regarding the management of any hearing loss.
Read more about audiology for children.
Parenthood can be the most exciting, rewarding and challenging time of your life.
SMS4Families is a text messaging service for expecting and new parents. It can help you navigate your way through these changes with separate info, tips and advice for mums and dads.
It’s free, sign up today. You can opt out at any time.
For expressions of interest please click here .
Additional support for expecting and new parents with anxiety and depression – counselor now based at Ashburton
Perinatal depression affects one in 10 women during pregnancy and almost one in seven women in the first year after birth. Perinatal depression also affects at least one in 12 fathers during the perinatal period. To support parents to adjust to what can be a particularly challenging time in their lives, the Eastern Melbourne PHN has commissioned Carrington Health to lead this new service which provides support and counselling to new and expectant parents who may be dealing with, or at risk of, perinatal depression.
This new service offers a mix of face to face counselling, phone support, access to online programs with regular check-ups and referral and liaison with other services. Help is offered to mums and dads free of charge living in the north-east and eastern regions of Melbourne through two different options – SMS4Families or a direct referral. SMS4Families is a free telephone messaging service which provides information, support and tips addressing parenting and coping with the stress of a new baby. Every three weeks, parents will receive a message asking them how they are coping. Parents who are not coping will be contacted by phone are offered one-on-one or online counselling support.
Mums and dads can self-refer directly to Carrington Health. Referrals may also come from GPs, Maternal and Child Health Nurses, other health professionals, families or friends. The program will also accept direct referrals for parents experiencing perinatal depression and provide the most appropriate level of support. A counselor for this new service will be housed at one or more of our AccessHC sites early in the New Year so watch this space!
To find out more about this service, telephone: (03) 9890 2220 or visit carringtonhealth.org.au/copss.
Please also disseminate the attached brochures to clients and via your networks.
Children’s week program
Children’s week is running from the 22nd– 26th October this year and we have a wonderful program of events running from Ashburton and Greythorn.
Some of programs on offer are Story time yoga, Baby massage, Sing Baby Sing, Food Forest, Hearing and Dental screenings, Active play space.
We are also running parenting sessions on Introducing Solids, Readiness for School, Dental Health, the Importance of Hearing to development, Water Safety, All you need to know about the NDIS and Fussy Eating.
Bookings are essential – please book by phoning 03 9810 3000.