Back by popular demand, we are making our celebration cards available once gain. These beautifully illustrated cards are printed locally and feature 100% recycle paper. With $10 you get 3 unique designs with celebration notes as: ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘ Be Marry’ and ‘Joy’.

We will be donating $1 of each pack to refugee projects overseas.

Grab your at the Quirky Kid Shoppe while stocks last.

A little while ago our team had the pleasure of working with LEGO.  Our consultancy role involved sharing our expertise on the understanding of boy’s play behaviour  – particularly in relation boy’s desire to ‘age up’ and the importance characters have in establishing a strong understanding and emotional connection with to story content.

We delivered key and strategic information based on the brief provided around elements of boys’ play behaviour, how they have changed over times and the historical perspective on play, taking into account new social trends. We also explored boys  interests when growing up and how they connect and engage with cartoons, and how these relate back to their play.

LEGO was fantastic to work with and demonstrated great ethical care and guidelines, regarding child development while working with us.

Our principal child psychologist, Kimberley O’Brien,  headed the research with the support of our clinical team. We regularly work with organisations like LEGO, helping them to develop better products and services for children, adolescents and families. You can see our list of existing clients on our website.

 

We have a new position available at Quirky Kid. More information about the role and how to apply, visit: http://childpsychologist.com.au/about-us/employment/customer-superhero

What’s the job?

Never a dull moment in the office, we are looking for someone who is dynamic, has excellent organisational skills and a keen interest in technology. We need someone to control our client flow; manage our busy schedules with precision, complete all the administration tasks in relation to office management as well as provide caring intake to new clients. You need to love to speak with people and have a lot of empathy.

Apply Today. 

 

Power Up performance program for young people

Last night, during the sold out ceremony for 21st annual Educational Publishing awards at the State Library of Victoria Power Up!, our performance psychology resource, was awarded the Best Student Resource (Primary) under the Arts/Humanities category. 

The judged praised our resource as follow:

Power Up is a target product that has wide appeal an application. It is unique in its approach in helping students enhance performance to achieve success by identifying and improving cognitive strategies. Clearly presented, well-designed and practical in its application. it delivers contemporary and relatable video content”.

Our team, Kimberley O’Brien (principal Educational and Development Psychologist), Leonardo Rocker (Publisher and Business Manager) and Lisa Diebold (Designer) were proud to receive the award from Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Senator for Victoria, who was officially representing the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education.

The awards is a significant achievement for our growing educational publishing house and confirms the amazing quality and innovation of our resources and products. We are a very proud team this week!

The ceremony was led by by Michael Gordon Smith, Chief Executive of the Australian Publishers AssociationAPA) and provided participants with inspiring and challenging speeches by David Barnett, Managing Director, Pearson Australia. and David Howes – Executive Director, Curriculum, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. We also heard from Murray St Leger, Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Agency and Cliff Brigstocke, Chief Executive Officer, OPUS Group.

Australian’s largest educational and most successful publishers like Pearson, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press Macmillan Education Australia took home many awards.The full list winners is available in the EPAA catalogue 2014.

Our contented focus and commitment

Quirky Kid has a refreshed enthusiasm and focus to continue developing innovative resources for the educational sector in Australia and overseas. We have two more incredible resources in the pipeline and can’t wait to share those with you.

We would like to thank our clients and colleagues for their support and encouragement. We also invite schools and colleagues interested in offering this resources for their students and clients to get in touch with us.  We are very happy to come to you and demonstrate how this resource can contribute to your students psychological support.

Offering Power Up!

You can purchase and find our more about Power Up! in the following websites:

You can also become an affiliate by registering here.

You can become a Power Up Facilitator by completing the registration from online

If you would like to offer this resources for your students, please contact us to discuss our school licenses.

Power Up Award

We are proud to announced the Power Up! has been shortlisted for the 2014 Educational Publishing Awards under Primary: Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities. We are against Pearson Australia and Pascal Press, two of the largest publishers in Australia. This is a major achievement and a fantastic reward for our work and dedication over the past months.  

Power Up is Quirky Kid’s performance psychology program for young people aged 10 to 16 years.

Organised by trade body the Australian Publishers Association, the EPAAs celebrate excellence in educational publishing  in Australia. Now reaching its 21st year, the event is an opportunity to showcase the innovation, quality and dedication publishers devote to their pedagogical products.

Awards will be presented in the primary school, secondary school, TAFE & vocational and tertiary education categories as well as to the APA Primary and Secondary School Publisher of the Year. ​ The event night is scheduled for

  • Date:                   17th September 2014
  • Location:             State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Time:                   5.30-9.30pm

To buy the online resource or register to a workshop visit Http://powerup.com.au

This week Psychologists Kimberley O’Brien and Simonne Cohen are heading to Fairfield Public school in Sydney to start facilitating ‘The Best of Friends Program’ for 12 lucky male students from Year 3, 4, 5.

The program will go over two weeks and will include aspects of the new program workbook currently under production here at Quirky Kid Publishing.

The 8 hours workshop will covered areas such as Making Friends, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking and others key areas around Social Skills. Students will participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and presentations while discussing and practicing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

We will update this post with more information as they become available. The Best of Friends has been offered to a number of school around Sydney like: Moriah College, Illawarra Grammar School, International Grammer School, St Thomas Public School, Thirroul Public School, Redlands, and many other.

More information about the program on our website. You can register for the school based workshops online as well. 

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This week our team is heading to Cartwright Public School in Sydney to start facilitating ‘The Best of Friends Program’ for 8 lucky students from Year 3 and 4. The workshops are possible thank you to Mission Australia.

The program will go over two weeks and will include aspects of the new program workbook currently under production here at Quirky Kid Publishing.

The 8 hours workshop will covered areas such as Making Friends, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking and others key areas around Social Skills. Students will participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and presentations while discussing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

We will update this post with more information as they become available. The Best of Friends has been offered to a number of school around Sydney like: Moriah College, Illawarra Grammar School, International Grammer School, St Thomas Public School, Thirroul Public School, Redlands, and many other.

We are extremely proud to announce our first online program: Power Up! Using performance psychology to perform/compete of your best. Below is sneak peak of the project.

This unique program, now available as an online program, is designed for children and young people aged 10 to 16 years who are or want to be involved in sports, music, performance or academics in a competitive way. By purchasing a workbook, participants will gain access to a information packed website with Animated tutorials designed to assist participants in completing the program independently or with the help of coaches or parents.

The program offers participants with the opportunity to develop a unique set of psychological skills to improve their performances and manage the demands of competition.

The Power Up! covers six core areas of psychological skills training. Each skill contributes to a performer’s ability to effectively manage the sustained effort required in training and practice, as well as the pressure environment of competition or performance. The program aims to ensure participants gain an understanding of the following core areas:

  • Goal Setting,
  • Self-Talk,
  • Imagery,
  • Focus and Attention Control
  • Arousal Regulation
  • Competition planning.

Buy online

The Power Up! program, inclusive of an illustrated workbook, website access, video animated instructions and option for individual help is available via the programs website: http://powerup.quirkykid.com.au for only $49.95. You can also buy by visiting our online shoppe: http://quirkykid.com.au/shop

Offering Power Up! privately.

To register and start offering Power Up! privately, simple head to the Power Up Website  and complete the registration process. Coaches, sport professionals, teacher and psychologist can offerPower Up! while generating revenue  from workshops.

Please head to http://powerup.quirkykid.com.au to start the process now.

Prefer a face-to-face workshop?

Prefer face-to-face learning? Not a problem. Register today for an upcoming session near you.

Image of Psychologist Simonne Cohen at The Quirky Kid Clinic

I have recently joined The Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra, as a Registered Psychologist. I gained my undergraduate qualification in Psychology in 2010 from the University of New South Wales (Sydney), passing my Bachelor of Psychology. Following the completion of my degree, I completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales.  I have always had an interest in working with children, particularly children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and spent several years working as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist as well as conducting assessments and therapy as a Provisional Psychologist.

During my postgraduate training, I also worked as a Research Assistant at Westmead Children’s Hospital, where I conducted psychometric assessments and managed and coordinated clinical trials involving children with a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties.  This fuelled my enthusiasm to continue to work with children, as well as undertake a PhD with a specialty in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am currently enrolled in a collaborative PhD program with Monash/ Harvard Medical School in the USA where I am investigating the relationship between sleep deficiencies and poor behaviour in children with Low Functioning Autism. 

Why have I moved to Quirky kid clinic?

I have always wanted to work in a warm, creative and supportive environment. The Quirky kid Clinic offers this type of environment, as well as high quality evidence based therapy for kids with a diverse range of needs. It is considered one of the most highly recognised clinics in Sydney with excellent resources, staff and therapists and therefore was a highly attractive place to work. The Quirky Kid Clinic offers a fun, open, warm and friendly environment that makes it appealing for children as well as staff. I am delighted to be apart of the team!

What are my skills? 

I have always had a keen interest in working with children and their families.  This was particularly reinforced in my Clinical Psychology training, as I was able to gain work experience assisting in the treatment of  children diagnosed with anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, as well as a range of other behavioural issues. I have experience running social skills groups, anxiety groups and conducting individual therapy with children with a range of difficulties. I also have experience conducting psychometric assessments and using a range of assessment tools to help identify children’s particular cognitive strengths and weaknesses. I am passionate about working with children and their families, and making a difference in any way possible. 

What is my role at QK?

My role at The Quirky Kid Clinic is to facilitate evidence based programs for children with a range of behavioural and emotional activities. Some of these programs include the ‘Why worry?’ program and the social skills program called ‘The Best of Friends’. These programs involve consulting with teachers, parents as well as going into the school setting and facilitating programs with children ranged 3-13years.

In addition to running programs, I will also be conducting psychometric assessments in collaboration with the other psychologists at the clinic, and writing psychometric reports to help understand the individual learning needs of children and adolescents. 

The team has so far been a fantastic team to work for, and I very much continue to build a professional name within this clinic in the coming years.

Image of glob, focus on Italy and The Quirky Kid Clinic logo

We are heading to the 2014 Bologna Children and Adolescent Book Fair (Italy) this week. We will be joining our colleagues from the Australian Publishers Association to network, learn, inspired and be inspired by all the amazing resources available word-wide for children and young people.

Since 1963 the Bologna Children’s Book Fair has been a leading international event for publishers. It really is the “place-to-be” for selling rights. The exhibition gives everyone the chance to discover the latest market trends in the book industry, to meet the most important illustrators, authors and see the winners of the most prestigious international awards

Events like these provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing resources we produce here at The Quirky Kid Clinic. It is also a great place meet interesting and creative people doing similar work as we do. We will take the change and do some serious business by securing distribution and publishing rights. Our resources are already available in countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and Brazil and we want to expand more.

This will be our first time in at the Bologna Book Fair and we can’t wait to dive into it. We will keep our Twitter and Facebook pages up to date with regular information and photos.

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