Child and Family Psychology help and advice
STEPS Child and Family Psychology provides an innovative, comprehensive and person centred service. The service provides consultation, assessment, diagnosis and advice for parents and teachers who have concerns about a child or young person's development.
Consultation is our starting point; we gather information from as many sources as is appropriate and the focus of our work is then agreed.
Assessment of learning, behaviour and/or emotional functioning follows, during which we aim to swiftly identify the primary problem; very often there may be more than one problem.
Diagnosis follows consultation and assessment. Diagnosis provides a reason for a difficulty with learning or behaviour. Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia are common diagnoses associated with learning; Aspergers Syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bullying, Low Self Esteem and Social Isolation are common diagnoses associated with behaviour.
Advice is the outcome of the assessment process and may include prescriptive and tailored recommendations to parents and teachers, a supported request to a Local Authority for Statutory Assessment, provision of Independent Psychological Advice and attendance as an Expert Witness at a Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. Advice also includes preparation of Access Arrangements Reports, support at College and University following identification of a Disability, and Individual and/or Family Therapy.
STEPS Child and Family Psychology is located in Hexham Northumberland, North East England, and works throughout England from the south coast to the Scottish borders. We also support children attending International Schools both in this country and abroad. Work is carried out in Mainstream Schools, in Academies and in Special Schools and in Independent Day and Boarding Schools.