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A New Face for the ‘Face It!’ Cards

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Posted on by Lisa Diebold

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At long last! Our new and improved Face It! cards have arrived to QK headquarters ready to inspire and delight children and adults once again. We felt it was time to refresh the look of these much loved hand-drawn expression cards designed to engage young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds as well as those on the Autism spectrum or with other special needs.

The new edition features a fresh, crisp new box for storage and transport, and special printing embellishments throughout. We love it.

These cards have been widely used across Australia and beyond to help families resolve conflict and classmates explore social scenarios or ethical dilemmas. Whether in the classroom, clinic or at home, the Face It! cards have the capacity to overcome barriers and invite conversation about expressions and feelings no matter what age or environment.

This resource has such a diverse range of uses making it not only popular as a resource for the clinic and classroom setting, but a beautiful gift for any young person looking to improve their ability to connect with people through the understanding of expressions and body language.

The Face It Cards have sold over 1500 copies and is used by organisations worldwide. Here’s a lovely review the cards received recently by our friends at the University of Arkansas.

Have a closer look at the new Face It! cards here. You can use the special 2nd edition discount code: happyFace. Buy now below.


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BoF @ Jewish House

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Posted on by Michal Fisher (Quirky Kid Staff)

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We are proud to announce that the Jewish House in Bondi, NSW has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program during 2016, a Social and Emotional Learning resource for school, agencies and clinics.

Their enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program at the forefront of interventions to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About Jewish House

Jewish House provides 24/7 Crisis Support to all who seek their services. Recognising that for most people support involves a combination of approaches, they take a multi-disciplinary approach by drawing on a wide range of services.  They provide accommodation, psychological support, pastoral care and employment assistance as well as many other services.

Jewish House run a program called JH Kids which has been developed for primary school children. The aim is to assist families to get the help they need for children’s learning, health, behaviour and wellbeing. 

Social and Emotional Learning

Dr Merrilyn Clancy is the Program Manager for JH Kids. Dr Clancy’s goal for JH Kids is to create a care coordination service that actively builds the capabilities for improved functional outcomes for children – at home, school and at play.

In order to achieve this goal, Jewish House has partnered with Quirky Kid to provide The Best of Friends™ Social and Emotional Learning program.

Equally with their commitment to helping those in the community who require help, Jewish House has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning for the children in their program. 

About The Best of Friends and the organisation

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologist, Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school or organisation?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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Quirky Kid selected to iAccelerate program

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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We are proud to announce that Quirky Kid has been accepted into the iAccelerate program at the University of Wollongong.  After one of the largest application rounds, iAccelerate has announced that 12 companies have been successful and will start in the iAccelerate Centre this month. The new residents have already hit the ground running in the iAccelerate Centre, with the start of the iAccelerate Educate program that begun on 8th August. The new recruits also attended a social networking event today to meet other residents.

This state of the art centre will house Quirky Kid’s new HQ. You can see the amazing building process here.

Over the last two years, we have embarked on a daring roadmap to scale-up our small business and reach a broader global audience. To this end, we have received international award nominations for our educational programs and resources and recently won an innovation award.

We have more innovative projects and partnerships in the pipe-line, and together with the iAccelerate program will work to revolutionise the child psychology and education market.

About iAccelerate

iAccelerate is a University of Wollongong (UOW) business incubator program that is available to help build and grow businesses. iAccelerate is built around a robust educational program, formalised business acceleration monitoring and one-to-one mentoring.

iAccelerate offers innovative businesses the unique opportunity to partner with a university comprising of over 30,000 students, 2,000 staff and a significant portfolio of faculties and business units. UOW activities generate over $2 billion in economic activity each year and it is an extraordinary partner to have on your path to success. iAccelerate utilises a multi-faceted approach in accelerating sustainable business growth to deliver the greatest economic impact. UOW offer a two stream program, with up to three years incubation – unique in the Australian startup landscape.

About our Involvement

Quirky Kid will be part of the iAccelerate Advanced, a program designed specifically for businesses looking to grow their business to the next level. The program’s main focus is on providing the necessary assistance to transform and scale early stage businesses into sustainable high-growth companies.

The iAccelerate Advance Program is built around metrics-based reviews, where various experts, mentors, advisors and iAccelerate management provide startups with a detailed appreciation of the core skills required to develop their companies into successful high-growth businesses.

Well done team!!

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BoF @ Holy Spirit Catholic School, QLD

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Posted on by Michal Fisher (Quirky Kid Staff)

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We are proud to announce that the Holy Spirit Catholic School in Cranbrook, QLD has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program during 2016.

Their enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as the most effective classroom intervention to foster children’s social and emotional wellbeing. We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About Holy Spirit Catholic School

Holy Spirit Catholic School is a place where children learn and find strength in spirit. As a Catholic co-educational primary school located in Cranbrook, Holy Spirit is one of Townsville’s oldest and now largest Catholic schools with more than 770 students from Prep – Year 6. The dedicated staff continuously strive for educational excellence based in the Catholic tradition, underpinned by the school’s motto ‘Strength in the Spirit’.

Holy Spirit Catholic School has been a generous faith-filled community for more than forty years and today has a reputation across North Queensland of spiritual, academic, cultural, sporting and community leadership. The school is respected for its service to the wider community and eco-friendly sustainable living achievements. Holy Spirit School is a place where children learn and find strength in spirit.

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Equally with their commitment to spiritual, academic, cultural, sporting and community prowess, Holy Spirit Catholic School has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. Holy Spirit Catholic School enables young boys and girls to develop as individuals, identify their strengths and realise their potential.

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologist, Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friends is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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Quirky Kid and Panadol

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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Dr. Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist  was engaged as an expert presenter during a campaign by Panadol. Her role  as an Expert independent presenter will be to share expert advice on managing parental anxiety at times of common illness in the family and soothing sick kids.

Kimberley will share her insights on the importance of having a plan and tools to help parents through common challenges, particularly of childhood illness. During the event, Kimberley will answer questions from the floor and attend to interviews.

About the survey

The event aims to share with the media a Global survey that finds parents need to short-circuit their own anxiety to better manage their child’s illness.

The survey suggests that parents manage day to day mishaps and mistakes calmly, but still get stressed about the important things like helping their children through illness.

The survey included responses from  more than 2,000 parents worldwide revealed the biggest parenting concern for parents is when their child is unwell. While 75% of Australian parents surveyed say they are very confident in treating their child’s pain or fever, 71% of Australian parents feel anxious about fever/temperature and 66% feel anxious about their child’s pain.

Kimberly O’Brien explains how this anxiety can impact children, emphasising the need for planning and coping strategies, and tools to help them through.

“Children are likely to vicariously experience stress when their parents are stressed. Even a change in facial expression or voice tone between parents may trigger stress responses in children, such as excessive crying, separation-anxiety and withdrawal,” says leading Australian child psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien.

“One of the most important things for parents is to have a plan, in case your child wakes with a temperature at three in the morning. Having tools in place to keep parents calm makes a big difference to sick children,” says Dr O’Brien.

Five Tips from Dr Kimberley O’Brien to managing your anxiety and soothe your sick child:

  1. Make a plan – This eliminates any indecision about how to best help a child in need. Remember to include distraction and calming tools if medication is required.
  2. Know your tools – A personalised DVD designed to soothe sick children, a favourite toy or game may relax children in need of medical intervention.
  3. Empathise – Try to see things from your child’s perspective to better understand their behaviour.
  4. Do familiar things – If possible, keep your usual family routines in place to maintain a sense of normality at home.
  5. Manage your anxiety – Call on your support networks and share the load of caring for your sick child. It will increase the quality of your care!

Children’s Panadol has created tools to help support parents in managing their child’s health and wellbeing including new, interactive and customisable apps to support in moments of common illness:

TV host and mother Shelley Craft (who will also be at the event) says “As a mother, sometimes I feel like I need to clone myself and be in two places at once – particularly when one of my kids is sick. A resource like Buddy Bear means you can distract and calm a toddler with a personalised story, giving you the chance to go and measure medicine, or even just take a moment to breathe.

You pop in their name and photo and choose from a list of common nursery rhymes for Buddy Bear to sing, so it really is a personalised video just for your child when they need it most,” says Shelley

Dr O’Brien observes “The positive finding from the Children’s Panadol Global Survey is that Australian parents are less concerned about the small mishaps we all have, in order to focus on the important things.”

When it comes to day-to-day mistakes, Australian parents appear to go easier on themselves than those in other countries, with 29 percent of Australian parents reporting feeling guilty if they forgot to do something for their child, compared with 41 percent across the international study. However 33 percent did admit to feeling disappointed in themselves if they forgot to do something for their child, and 44 percent worry about whether they are being a good parent (particularly mothers and those with babies).

The top three feelings about parenthood most reported by Australian parents were happy (73%), responsible (67%) and joyful (58%), however 51 per cent of all parents did admit to at least one negative feeling. “We know parental anxiety negatively impacts on children and this is amplified when they’re unwell.

Parents are encouraged to develop a routine with their child about managing unexpected illnesses. This ensures everyone knows the drill and will alleviate stress for both parent and child,” says Dr O’Brien.

About the Survey:

An online survey of 2,150 parents internationally – including Australia (n=400), Colombia (n=400), Indonesia (n=400), Philippines (n=400), Romania (n=400), Saudi Arabia (n=150) – was commissioned by GSK, the makers of Children’s Panadol, and conducted in December 2015 by independent research organisation Lightspeed

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