Steps Child and Family Psychology

Child and Family Psychology

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.

A delayed diagnosis may lead to secondary learning and emotional difficulties; for example, underachievement, anxiety, anger, school refusal, school phobia or low mood.

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.

Latest News

Messages from Clients. Ruth has recently received a nice message from a client who she has guided through the all the ups and downs of the Tribunal process. Click here to view this and other messages she has received.

In February "Varsity", Cambridge University's student newspaper highlighted the university's outdated system for students requiring Access ArrangementsClick here for more information

An increase in numbers of Access Arrangements has caused unforeseen complications. Click here for further information

This year's Access Arrangements Guidelines for GCSE and A level examinations are available online. Click here for more information

We now have a brochure which describes the services that STEPS Psychology offers.  If you want us to send you a copy in the post you can request one here. Or, you can download it yourself here.

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Getting in touch with STEPS

If you have any questions about the help and advice STEPS offer, we would be pleased to hear from you.

To make an enquiry please contact us by one of the following methods:

By phone:

01434 605486

Our normal offices hours are between 10.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Thursday (closed Bank Holidays).

Please note: we may be busy and unable to take your call, in which case an answer phone service will take any message you would like to leave.

Or, by email: