Helping Hands Youth Services provide integrated programs to address the physical, social and emotional needs of young people aged between 8 and 25 years.
The Helping Hands Centre specialises in the scientifically validated methods of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) to attain lasting improvements in a child’s behaviour, communication, cognition, motor skills, independent living skills, play and social interaction.
At Helping Hands we provide a range of psychological services to help families in need, including
– diagnoses and assessments
– early intervention programs
– kinder and school observations and programs
– social skill programs
– anxiety and behaviour support
– parent training
The Helping Hands Centre provides experienced therapists to attend kindergartens and schools. We support, guide and teach vital social and academic skills to the client in the class environment. Case Managers and Psychologists are available to speak to relevant school staff and provide strategies for the child’s on going needs.
“Our son has come so far since starting at Helping Hands. He is like a different child. I can’t rate them highly enough. AMAZING and worth every cent. Love you guys!”
“Our little boy Peter has been going to Helping Hands for almost two years and has come a long way in that time. Simone has worked very closely with me to help Peter in every possible way. I will never be able to thank them enough. Great team and love them all”
“My son Zack has been coming to Helping Hands for about six months and we have seen a HUGE improvement. The therapists and staff at Helping Hands are all amazing! Thank you for all the support. You guys rock!”
Simone is the founding Director of Helping Hands and overseas all aspects of the Helping Hands clinical program.
She is an advocate for understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and is passionate about creating an individualised therapy plan to suit the child’s age and development. As Case Manager she conducts ongoing supervision of therapy teams, parent training, consulting with kinder/school and running home based programs.
Katie Wells is a dedicated and enthusiastic Psychologist with a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) from Monash University.
Sarah is a founding director of Helping Hands and has worked in the Autism community for over 10 years.
Sarah oversees all aspects of Helping Hands clinical program and she ensures the centre’s clinical practises are strongly influenced by current research findings in Autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis. She is committed to providing the training and materials needed for optimal learning through raising funds, corporate events and community functions.
Victoria has been part of the Helping Hands leadership team since 2010 when she began working at the centre after completing her Bachelor of Science (Youth Studies).
The leadership team at Helping Hands comprises of Tracy Kirk, Heidi Chapman, Johanna Koenig and Sasha Day.
Our therapists have a wide range of qualifications, most are currently completing Masters in Psychology, while others are completing tertiary degrees in Teaching, Social Work, Youth Services or Counselling.