Development and Behavioural Paediatric & Adolescent Care

Together We Build a Better Future.

CAYA DS is one of the few private clinics of its kind in Australia, providing longitudinal care from childhood through to adolescence and young adulthood. We believe that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and strongly value the commitment of family, community and other healthcare professionals in creating a cohesive support network for the child.

CAYA DS aims to work in partnership with parents, daycares, schools, and universities or TAFE, as well as other therapists, to develop an understanding of your child and their functioning. Our team believes that together we can attain a good outcome for your child or young person.

When to Contact A Developmental Paediatrician

At CAYA DS, we understand that every child is unique, and their developmental journey deserves personalised attention. If your child is experiencing any of the following, it may be time to seek out a professional opinion.

  • Communication difficulties
  • Learning difficulties
  • Fine motor skill difficulties
  • Gross motor skill difficulties
  • Difficulty with personal social skills
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Difficulty with adaptive skills
  • Problems with emotional regulation
  • Behavioural challenges
  • School refusal
  • Anxiety

When to Seek Out an Adolescent Physician

If your young person is experiencing any of these difficulties it may be time to seek out professional support.
  • Difficulties with social engagement
  • Difficulties within the school community
  • Learning difficulties
  • Disordered eating
  • Substance use problems
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Gender dysphoria
  • School refusal
  • Lack of motivation
  • Executive function difficulties

When to Contact a General Paediatrician

At CAYA DS, we prioritise the health and wellbeing of your child. Knowing when to reach out to a general paediatrician is crucial for your child’s overall development and health. If your child experiences any of the following situations or symptoms, it’s time to consult a professional paediatrician.
  • A broad range of acute or chronic paediatric conditions.
  • Concerns regarding delayed milestones
  • Concerns regarding growth and development
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Abdominal issues
  • Constipation
  • Bedwetting
**A general paediatrician will liaise with the key people in the child’s world including daycare educators, teachers, parents, siblings, therapist and specialists.

The Team

As a start up CAYA DS is heavily focused on building a highly skilled and compassionate team, with our mission being to guide our patients to a space of good mental health and resilience.

Your child is unique. Your child’s strengths, cognitive and general abilities, as well as relative areas of weakness, are as unique as their fingerprint. Therefore, goalposts for every individual and every family is different. CAYA DS aims to assist and nurture your child’s strengths, using the scaffolding of family, school and community, to grow to their unique potential.

Our Approach

We believe that it takes a village to help a child grow. Our approach is rooted in the idea of longitudinal care, involving not only the family but also schools and the larger community.

We don’t just aim for a diagnosis; we strive for a happy and functional individual who can thrive within their family unit and participate in the community. Our clinic is dedicated to understanding all the difficulties your child faces and providing ongoing care and support beyond diagnosis.

Developmental Paediatrician

If your child is experiencing any of the following issues, our development paediatricians can provide expert guidance. These issues include: communication difficulties, learning challenges, issues with motor skills, emotional and behavioural difficulties, social challenges, or self care skills development. We specialise in conditions such as autism, ADHD, learning difficulties and more.

Adolescent Medicine

For adolescents and young adults (aged 10- 24 years) facing social engagement difficulties, school-related challenges, or health issues, our adolescent services are tailored to support their unique needs.

Psychological Assessments

We offer comprehensive cognitive and emotional assessments, including formal cognitive assessments such as WISC 5 and WIAT 3. Our team provides guidance on anxiety, emotional regulation, and executive function.
**CAYA DS is highly capable of providing case by case conferencing and management services to ensure that your young person is privy to a comprehensive network of support.