A universal goal for parents is to set their child up for a successful future with a good quality of life. Forming close and lasting friendships is important, as is doing well in school to forge their chosen career and becoming independent adults. All of the ages and stages that a growing child goes through build upon the learning that came before, and families want to set their children up as best they can.

There is a well-established body of scientific research that when children have difficulties at any stage in their development, gains can be made. While early intervention has been identified as creating meaningful and long-term gains to improve quality of life, this change is not just limited to the infant age group. We now know that our brain changes continuously throughout the life span – called ‘neuroplasticity’. We can use this neuroplasticity to overcome difficulties throughout childhood into adulthood, so it’s never too late.

While families work with external supporters such as health professionals to best set up their child for success, foundations are laid for success within the family unit too. Longitudinal research studies have shown that the crucial thing young people need to grow and develop is the relationship formed with their caregivers and significant people. We all use this as a basis to learn about the world around us, regulate ourselves, cope with uncertainty, and how to handle life’s problems and succeed despite difficulties. In seeking support for your child, the therapist will incorporate a family centred approach to best capitalise on this most important learning context.

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