Depression (formally known as Major Depressive Disorder) is a term used colloquially to describe children and young people with a low mood and loss of interest/ pleasure in usual activities as well as other symptoms. Children and young people will find depressive symptoms interfere with all areas of their life, including school and social relationships.
Children and young people who suffer from depression can display some of the following characteristics:
How Can I help my child?
Children and young people with depressive symptoms will benefit from the following from you as a parent and professionals working with you:-
How Can Learning Links Help
Learning Links offers a range of services that can help children with depression.
Assessment – Learning Links’ Psychologists conduct assessments to evaluate concerns around depression and can make a formal diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder . Read more
Psychological support – Children who present with depression may benefit from well researched intervention such as cognitive behavioural therapy, play therapy or narrative therapy. Psychologists can support children and help with strategies and ways to cope with depressive symptoms.We also offer specific programs including Cool Kids and Friends which are aimed at helping children who have depression and/or anxiety. Read more
Literacy Support – Learning Links’ Specialist Educators provide individualised literacy and numeracy programs that cater for your child to re-teach areas your child may have missed as a result of depression and utilise strategies to promote ongoing learning. Read more
Occupational Therapy- Learning Links Occupational Therapists can assist your child with time management skills to structure their day more productively. Read more
Speech Pathology – Learning Links’ Speech Pathologists can assist your child to be able to communicate their needs correctly to ensure levels of depression are reduced. Read more
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