The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, and is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It aims to emphasise that psychologists make a difference to peoples' lives, through improving scientific knowledge and community wellbeing.
Help Line for Kids
Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
1800 551 800
Help Line for Parents
Parent Line is a Free professional telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents of children ages 0 to 18 who live in New South Wales.
1300 1300 52
Mental Health Line
A 24-hour mental health line telephone access service.
If in a life-threatening situation please call 000 to receive immediate help.
1800 011 511
Crisis Support & Prevention
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14
Anxiety & Depression
Beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety, depression and other related disorders in Australia.
1300 22 4636
Learning Difficulties Coalition is a coalition of individuals and parent support groups which provides support and information about children (5-18yrs) with learning difficulties and related conditions. The LDC Parent Help Line is open during school terms only between 9am and 3pm
02 9806 9960
The Butterfly Foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image –a person with the illness, their family and their friends. It operates a National ED HOPE Service that includes support over the phone, via email and online.
1800 33 4673
Gifted & Talented
The NSW Association of Gifted and Talented Children is an open association within NSW for people who share a common interest in gifted and talented children and is a member-funded not-for-profit organisation, which welcomes the interest and involevemnt of others.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance is an organisation that provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people living with cerebral palsy and their families.
Bullying. No Way!
Bullying. No Way! website provides information and ideas for students, parents and teachers. If you want to talk to someone in person or online click here to get contact details for helplines. This website is designed for Australian schools and is managed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group which has representatives from all states and territories, including the Catholic and independent schooling sectors.
Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness meditation accessible to all aiming to build happier, healthier and more compassionate people. Smiling Mind offers modern meditation programs which are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life. Download the app for free on the AppStore OR Get it on GooglePlay
Stepping Stones Triple P
The Stepping Stones Triple P Project is a five-year project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council to examine the effectiveness of Stepping Stones in reducing behavioural and emotional problems in children with a disability across a population. It brings together researchers from The University of Queensland, the University of Sydney and Monash University.
Stepping Stones Triple P gives families tips and strategies to manage the big and small problems of family life. It helps encourage desirable behaviour, cope with stress and teach your child new skills.
Resources for ADHD
The National Resource Center (NRC) on ADHD, a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (CDC/NCBDDD) provides comprehensive information and support to individuals with ADHD, their families and friends, and the professionals involved in their lives.
Resources for ASD
Positive Partnerships aims to improve the educational outcomes for school age students with an autism spectrum (ASD) through providing up to date evidence based materials and practical resources published online and delivering high quality training for teachers and other school staff, and workshops for parents and carers.
Activities & Materials
Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.
Apps For Children with Special Needs
Apps for Children with Special Needs is a useful website which has compiled a list of 1000 of the very best apps to help children and adults with special needs as well as teachers and therapists. The list was compiled through collaboration by professionals from all over the world including (but not limited to): Speech Language Pathologists – (SLP), Occupational Therapists – (OT), Sign Language Interpreter – (SLI), Special Education Teachers – (SPED), Behavioral Specialists – (ABA, BCBA), etc.
One reccomended is: Model Me Going Places™ which ia a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slideshow of children modeling appropriate behavior. LOCATIONS: • Hairdresser • Mall • Doctor • Playground • Grocery Store • Restaurant
Please note that the apps should only be used as support rather than as a substitute for quality therapies provided by therapists working with children with special needs.
LPF: Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Luke Priddis Foundation is a Not for Profit Organisation developed by Luke and Holly Priddis in 2006 after their third son Cooper was diagnised with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Foundation aims to improve the lives of individuals with ASD by supporing them and their families through early intervention education and community awareness and education.