Psychology


  • I’m afraid the parenting advice to come out of developmental psychology is very boring: pay attention to your kids and love them.

    ~Alison Gopnik

  • Just as the science and art of agriculture depend upon chemistry and botany, so the art of education depends upon physiology and psychology.

    ~Edward Thorndike

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Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. Through the application of psychology and child development principles we provide a range of services to children, young people and their families as well as to schools and others who work with and for children.

At Oasis Place, our Psychological Service has five functions: Consultation, Assessment, Intervention, Training and Research.

Consultation

Our consultation service offers a wide range of advice and consultation to parents, school staff, and other adults working with children. Psychologist advice can be given in the areas of child development, education, special learning, emotional and behaviour management, social and communication needs.

Assessment

A psychological assessment is a confidential investigation to gather information from variety of course in a range of settings in order to determine underlying diagnosis, if any, or to conceptualize symptoms, difficulties faced by a child. Information gathered from others may be supplemented by approaches including classroom observation, analysis of work, questionnaires, curriculum-based assessment and use of recognised assessment tools. Assessment may involve parents, carers and teachers as well as children and young people. The aim of assessment is to inform interventions to support, understand the child and young people and thus help remove barriers to learning or delays in development. It highlights strengths and difficulties, so that the child can be better supported or moved forward.

Please click here to read more on Psychological Assessment.

Intervention

Psychological Intervention are support strategies that aim to change behaviour and support people in their behaviour, emotions, psychological well-being, life skills, social skills, communication and academic and occupational functioning. Interventions are carefully designed with the child’s needs in mind after a detailed assessment of his or her needs. Interventions should be evidence-based and evaluated from time to time to maintain its effectiveness.

Training and Research

We offer training on a wide range of matters relating to special learning, behaviour, and child development. As psychologist, we endeavour to maintain regular and continuous professional development to keep up to date with current research and developments, as this will ensure that what we teach is evidenced-based and clinically effective.

The goal is to integrate research with psychological theory and practice as well as to use data gathered from our own service to guide practice.

We practice an interdisciplinary approach where knowledge and expertise from different disciplines are drawn together to reach a solution for the child or young person. At Oasis Place, the interdisciplinary team includes Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Continuous Education and Nutrition. Together,

  • We assess children’s special learning needs.
  • We support schools, parents and others working with and for children.
  • We undertake direct psychological intervention work with children.
  • We provide training for professionals, parents, carers and voluntary groups.
  • We do project work and research to improve teaching and learning and to promote the psychological well-being of all children.
  • We support the networking of people in special learning within Malaysia.

We believe we achieve best outcomes for children and young people by listening and responding to their needs. This is why we work consultatively with parents, teachers and carers to find the best way to support the child or young person.

Meet our Psychologists. If you would like to make an appointment, click here.