About the Author and Illustrator
Dimitra Arthur, is the author of the Astro Buddies storybook and program. Dimitra is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS). Dimitra runs a private psychological practice called Active Psychology (activepsychology.com.au), on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia. She is included on the official Australian Psychological Society list as an Identified Practitioner for the treatment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Learning Difficulties and Anxiety Disorder. She is recognised by Autism Victoria as being a specialised practitioner in the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dimitra Arthur works with children, adolescents, young adults and families in both educational and community settings. She has a Master of Psychology (Educational & Developmental) and specialises in the assessment of children for various disorders and learning disabilities. She also works closely with speech therapists and occupational therapists to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to assessments and interventions for children with various disorders.
Dimitra’s professional and caring approach focuses on positive therapeutic techniques to explore an individual’s unique cognitive, emotional and social experience. She provides a supportive environment to create a path for positive change that can be integrated into everyday life, enhancing health, happiness and wellbeing for the individual and family.
Dimitra has a well-developed understanding of the complexities of a broad range of psychological disorders and therapeutic interventions. Her prior experience and knowledge has provided a solid foundation for her to build psychological frameworks in relation to children and family issues.
After working for over 15 years in private practice helping families and children with multiple issues, Dimitra decided to put together a behavioural management program (Astro Buddies Storybook and Program) that would be fun for families, schools and community groups to use and help children aged between 5 to 12 years of age achieve their goals.
Dimitra believes that the key to success is that the children are enjoying what they are doing so that they are motivated to change and that their support network needs to be optimistic to help them achieve their goals.
Zahra Arthur, is the illustrator and video editor of the Astro Buddies storybook and program. Zahra is Dimitra’s daughter and is currently completing high school. Zahra has been studying Psychology, Physical Education, Health and Human Development at high school, which she has been enjoying learning. Zahra is an animal lover who enjoys playing tennis, doing outdoor activities, going to the beach, creative activities, writing stories and reading. Zahra aspires to complete a university degree in Psychology and hopefully work in that field whilst continuing to compete in tennis. Zahra was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to do all the illustrations, video editing and creatives for the storybook and website. Zahra believes that dreams can come true!