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Click here for a copy of our latest Journal Edition. Volume 10, Issue 1, 2019.



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Guidelines on Pathways to Care

A guide for parents and carers: Guidelines on Pathways to Care for children and adolescents with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour and/or mental health problems.  

Quick Link to the MOU

Devlopmental Psychiatry Clinic Evaluation

The Developmental Psychiatry Clinic has been evaluated by the Centre for Disability Studies. Access the document by clicking on the image below.

MOU between ADHC and Health
Excutive Summary

View the executive summary of the "Leading the Way in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability" needs analysis report here.



Participant Recruitment Advertisement

Westmead Feelings Program pilot study for adolescents with a co-diagnosis of autism and mild intellectual disability

The Children's Hospital at Westmead are looking for participants to join their research study into a therapeutic program to improve the mental health and well-being of adolescents on the autism spectrum who also have an intellectual disability.

1. Adolescents aged between 12-16 who have a co-diagnosis of autism and mild intellectual disability and their carers (parents and teachers),


2. Educators or other proefssionals with at least three years experience working with adolescents on the autism spectrum and/or with a mild disability.

If you would like read more about the study or would like to find out how you can take part please read the full description here.

Contact: Anita Gardener, Research Psychologist, the Children's Hospital at Westmead


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Volume 8 Issue 2 is now Ready!

The latest issue of the Journal of Mental Health for Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is now ready for your holiday reading!!

Highlights include:

  • Ewan’s story: Psychosis in Intellectual Disability and Autism by Ewan's parents and David Dossetor
  • 3DN Improving Mental Health and Well-being of People with Intellectual Disability
  • The Westmead Feelings Program 1 Launch by Dr Michelle Wong
  • The Medicine Cabinet: Medicinal Cannabis – why the fuss? by Judy Longworth
  • An Integrated Approach to Mental Health Care Provision for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual disability by Dr Peter Wurth, Dr Patrick Concannon, Helen Appleton, Andrew Frakes & Kerrie Nelson
  • The Knotted Cord: A book review  by Meena Rattan and David Dossetor
  • Connecting Animals with People: implications for well-being and therapeutic applications 

Westmead Feelings Program Launch

The Westmead Feelings Program resources, were launched by the Children's Hospital at Westmead and ACER at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference in Sydney on September 9.  Westmead Feelings Program 1 is a 15-month intervention program teaching children with autism spectrum disorder and mild intellectual disability about emotional understanding and social awareness, in close collaboration with parents, teachers and facilitators. Westmead Feelings Program 1 was previously known as the Emotion Based Social Skills Program, but has now been updated and published by ACER.

The accompanying resources and online professional learning are now available on the ACER website here.




Trauma Informed Neurodevelopmental Practice Workshop

TIC TOCK- Trauma Informed Neurodevelopmental Practice for Learning and Growing in the Classroom Years 7 - 10
Date: Monday, 13 November 2017 Cost:$240

This training delivered by SAL Consulting draws on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), a neurodevelopmentally-informed, biologically respectful perspective on human development and functioning to help educators understand student behaviour and performance.

The goals of NMT are to educate teachers, school psychologists,counsellors and learning support staff in basic concepts of neurosequential development and then teach them how to apply this knowledge to the teaching and learning process. NMT is not a specific “intervention”; it is a way to educate school staff about brain development and developmental trauma and then to further teach them how to apply that knowledge to their work with students inside and outside the classroom, particularly those students who have had adverse childhood experiences.

The training will provide information and practice examples to use with small and large groups of children. This form of targeted positive support can assist children and young people with learning, with their connection to others and will support teachers in the evolution of their classroom ‘ecology’.

Download the flyer here.
Contact SAL Consulting  to register -