Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary assessments with the team at RFW including a Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, Developmental Paediatrician, Social Worker, and Occupational Therapist revealed Olivia has the following diagnoses: Autism and anxiety.
Our clinical team worked with Anne to help her understand what Olivia’s diagnosis meant, what therapy and services she needed, and how, as a parent, she could best support her. The team also put together a comprehensive plan to help manage Olivia’s Autism and anxiety, which included therapy sessions, plus strategies that Olivia, her family, and her teachers could implement at home and school.
Following their initial diagnosis, Olivia would continue to meet with her Royal Far West team including a Psychologist, Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist, and together, they would work on building life skills to help Olivia manage her emotions and her social skills as well as her ability to learn.
Olivia is just one of thousands of Australian country children who have complex, undiagnosed developmental, behavioural or mental health concerns, and have limited or no access to the vital services they need to change their life trajectory. The families of these children often come to us with no clear path forward, and for some, it is a lifeline when they have nowhere else to turn.
Without the appropriate care, their challenges can impact their growth, development, and ability to learn and thrive across their lifetime. In fact, country children are TWICE as likely to experience challenges with mental and developmental issues because of this very problem.
The ability to access the right support at the right time really does make the difference between a child flying or falling behind. Without access to vital developmental assessments and healthcare services, a child like Olivia faces a lifetime of additional challenges like poorer educational outcomes, reduced employment opportunities and relationship challenges.
* To ensure privacy and confidentiality for our client families, our stories are representative in nature and real names or images are not used.