Ages & Stages

High School Years

Going from primary to high school is a big transition for all kids and teens. They will most likely be nervous and excited about starting at a new school, making new friends, meeting new teachers and trying out new subjects.

As they get older and move into their teenage years, they will have new experiences and face new challenges around friendships, sexuality, fitting in and belonging.

When they hit the final years of schooling they may also need to start thinking about what career, trade or profession they want to pursue when they leave school, which can be stressful and confusing for some teens.

But, there are also a lot of positives to starting high school. Your child will grow and develop, gain responsibility and independence, try out extra-curricular activities, learn new knowledge and skills, and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way with a great group of friends.   

Novita can help your teen navigate high school by providing individualised support, such as:

  • getting around a new environment
  • learning to use new modes of transport
  • trying out new activities
  • using assistive technology
  • making new friends
  • learning in a different way and with different teachers
  • wearing a uniform
  • getting along with a wide range of peers.

If you’d like advice or support with any of these things, have a chat to a friendly Novita therapist on 1300 NOVITA. We can also provide counselling for your child if they’re finding high school particularly overwhelming or hard.

Another way we can support your teen is through our groups.

Groups are workshops and programs run by our therapists for your child. Each group has a purpose, for example to help your child with fitness or learning to cook.  

Groups are run during school term as well as during the school holidays. They are open to all Novita teens and anyone else in the community who wants to get involved.