Psychological and Educational Assessments

We provide assessment of learning difficulties (dyslexia, dysgraphia) ADHD and cognitive ability.

Understand your child's unique learning needs

We help identify how your child learns and target teaching strategies to your child’s strengths.

Helping Kids Learn to manage anxiety

Base Camp – it’s fun and play based

Help your child build a healthy self-esteem

We assist your child to understand their own strengths, and help them build a healthy self-esteem.

“To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy” -Malala Yousafzai

Hello, my name is Karen Proctor. I have been a practicing Psychologist in Canberra for over 25 years, 10 of these in the Education sector working with children and young people.

I love working with kids. I provide assessment and diagnosis of Specific Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Delay, Cognitive ability and, I run Base Camp, an Anxiety Management program for kids.

Child Based Assessment

  • Cognitive ability and Developmental Delay,
  • Specific Learning Disorders (Dyslexia, Dysgraphia),
  • Behaviour and Attentional difficulties (ADHD)

I provide a child friendly space that caters for the developmental needs of children.  I work flexibly with your child’s needs, at a pace that they are able to attend and concentrate, rather than to a fixed assessment time frame. I want the experience to be a positive one.

Most of all, I want to provide you with information and answers as to why your child is having learning and/or behavioural difficulties.  Via a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment, I want to discover how your child learns and processes information. With this information, I want to provide you with strategies to enhance your child’s strengths as well as learning new strategies to help your child achieve their best.

Developing Minds Psychology use best practice, evidence-based assessments tools.

Anxiety Management

BaseCamp, is an effective, small group Anxiety Management program for children between the ages of 7-12 years. BaseCamp is a creative, experiential program that kids love.
Everyone experiences anxiety, including children; its normal. Feeling worried and anxious is a way our bodies help keep us safe from danger. When we’re overly worried our thoughts and feelings are not easy to control and everyday challenges are hard to cope with. Children with “Big Worries” may not understand what they are experiencing and may try to avoid situations that make them feel worse. Big worries affect a child’s thoughts feeling and behaviour. This can affect your child’s performance at school, their friendships, and their courage to take small risks, or to extend themselves as they explore and experience their world.
Anxiety is one of the most common concerns facing children today. Anxiety can weave its way into all aspects of a child’s social, emotional and education life but, it can be overcome!
Group based anxiety programs provide an effective way for children to learn and understand why they experience anxiety, but also, as children learn in many ways, the inherent nature of the group, means that children get the opportunity to observe, model and practice skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Reading

Written Expression
Numeracy
Intellectual Disability
Cognitive & Behaviour Concerns
Our aim is to assist your child to reach their potential through understanding their individual learning and developmental needs. A comprehensive assessment will highlight your child’s strengths, identify the learning challenges impacting your child and any behaviours that are causing concern. We will provide practical strategies applicable for all areas of their life, not just at school.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more please send us a message using the contact form below.

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Phone: 0420 767 922

Address: Unit 10, Trevor Pearcey House
Traeger Court, 28-34 Thynne Street
Bruce 22615

Please take a left turn at the round about.
Parking is easy and free.