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Basecamp is Highly Commended at the 25th EPAA

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Last night Quirky Kid attended the 25th Educational Publishing Awards of Australia at the Melbourne Arts Centre. Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by the Copyright Agency, the awards brought together more than 200 educators and publishers to celebrate some of Australia’s best educational materials for students across the country.

We are so proud to announce our innovative Anxiety program, Basecamp®, received Highly Commended mention under the ‘Primary Student Resource in the Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages resources.

 

Basecamp was Highly Commended at the Educational Publishing Awards 2018

Basecamp® also won The Best Designed Educational Resource at the 66th Book Design Awards at the and the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018

About the Award

The Awards recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry. Keynote speaker of the evening, Shelly Ware, a TV presenter and primary school teacher, noted that

“Good educational resources engage students. Teachers fully rely on them, and they are a part of the big picture to inspire students to have a lifelong passion to read and learn,”

and that as a teacher she looks for

“good quality, interesting, children-friendly texts – they’re vital for the classroom”.

Shelly’s speech was inspiring and a reminder about how important what we do is.

About the Quirky Kid

Quirky Kid is committed to producing evidence-based resources for children, designed to be bright, engaging, and child-centered. By continuing to develop these resources, we are able to assist children in their families in our clinics, their schools and their communities to the highest standard.

About Basecamp®

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

  • Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards ( Educational Initiative Awards) and
  • Winner of The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the 66th Australian Book Designer Awards this resource is accomplishing great outcomes.
  • BaseCamp® was also shortlisted for the second award in London – Educational Resources Awards.

Start Using BaseCamp® Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

Basecamp® is incredible. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

Contact us Today to start using BaseCamp®.

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Basecamp Shortlisted @ Educational Publishing Awards 2018

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Basecamp, anxiety program for kids is shot-listed for London Book Fair International Awards

Yesterday we received the fantastic news that Basecamp ®, our already multi-award-winning  Anxiety program for young people was shortlisted for The 25th Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Basecamp® was shortlisted under the Best Primary  Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages along with resources from R.I.C. Publications
And Oxford University Press.

Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Agency, the prestigious EPAAs recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry.

This year’s entries were of a high standard and were a testament to the tremendous effort that goes into creating educational resources for Australian educators and students.

Chief Judge Angela Carbone said the entries were “exceptionally high and innovative, and the decision was not easy to make”.  In total, 117 entries were received so we would like to thank those who submitted their titles for consideration.

About Basecamp®

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards ( Educational Initiative Awards) and Winner of The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the 66th Australian Book Designer Awards this resource is accomplishing great outcomes.

BaseCamp® was also shortlisted for the second award in London – Educational Resources Awards.

Start Using BaseCamp® Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

We feel that Basecamp® is incredible. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

Find out more at https://basecamp.quirkykid.com.au

Contact us Today.

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QK @ RISE Conference Hong Kong

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We were thrilled to have been accepted to the AlPHA program at the 2018 RISE Conference held in SingaporeWe had a great time meeting, learning, and collaborating with our colleagues!

We were also selected to be involved in PITCH, a live event at the conference in front of thousands of attendees where we presented our innovative ideas about how to help parents access affordable, evidenced-based information about their child.

To participate as an exhibiting StartUp company you need to receive a high score based on the following criteria:

  1. Our Growth potential
    They look at our competitors and how our sector can grow locally and Overseas.
  2. Our Impact
    How relevant our product is for the community and if we have any pro-active ideas.
  3. Product and team
    They check our idea and team
  4. Pitch quality
    And how well we are likely to pitch.
  5. Cool factor
    How likely are we to disrupt.

Once all is done the startups are given an overall score out of 25, which is used to work out if each company is in a position get the most out of the conference. All the best startups from over 18 different industries were invited to exhibit RISE. Quirky Kid were joined by 3 other companies from The ‘iAccelerate’ incubator in Wollongong.

About RISE

RISE is a conference celebrating almost 600 innovative Start Ups from over 90 countries. Over 15,000 people attended the event, making it the largest tech conference in Asia. With leading tech giants presenting at the event, including Microsoft, Google and Amazon, we enjoyed learning about all things tech and innovation.

Why were we at the Start-Up Conference?

Quirky Kid and our new technology company, Rocketeer, attended the event to showcase our products and latest innovation, a software application that enables parents and professionals to access reliable expert advice and evidence-based information about concerns relating to the mental health of children and young people.

We also create evidence programs, used by many educational institutions. We are working to get these programs available online and will keep you updated about this.

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Building Social and Emotional Learning during the School Holidays

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child inside a backpack. social and emotional skills for kids

The school holiday period can be a great time to reflect on the last term, prepare for upcoming changes and review skills that need to be improved.

Returning to school is typically experienced with mixed emotions. For some parents, it is a welcome relief after what feels like a very long holiday. For others, the return to school signals the end of a carefree, relaxing break and there can be feelings of sadness and/or anxiety associated with the return to routine and the academic and social demands associated with the school.

Children and young people equally experience a range of feelings about the return to school. For some, there is great excitement about starting a new school, seeing friends or perhaps finding out who their new teacher will be. For others, there may be sadness about the end of the holidays or anxiety about a raft of possible concerns such as making friends in their new class or coping with the work/homework requirements.

A tried and test way to prepare for changes and transitions is by focusing on your child’s social and emotional adjustment.

Tips to Help Your Child Settle Into Term 3

Whilst a lot of focus is placed on the academic tasks associated with school, paying particular attention to a child’s social and emotional adjustment over the coming weeks/months is also critical. Below are 3 tips to get you started:

  • Make time to check in with your child about how they are feeling and coping with the school year so far. It’s important to really listen to what your child is saying. To do this, begin by just repeating back or paraphrasing what your child is telling you. Where your child is experiencing uncertainty try to normalise this and remind your child that it can take a few weeks to really settle in. It is not uncommon for children (and parents) to express disappointment about a new teacher they may have been assigned or about the discovery that they don’t have as many close friends in their class. Rather than jumping to solve the problem for your child, build resilience by encouraging your child to come up with some ideas about ways to help themselves cope in such a situation.
  • It can often be a good idea to make time to check in with your child’s teacher as soon as terms resume. Whilst you will, of course, wish to discuss their educational strengths/weaknesses, also address how your child is feeling about their progress and to highlight anything (e.g. camp, homework) that may be worrying your child.  Make sure you also discuss your child’s social skills with the teacher. If they are struggling with friends, ask your child’s teacher how the school can help in facilitating friendships. If your child has had any ongoing incidents of bullying/teasing it is critical to mention this again and ask how they can help to ensure that such incidents don’t occur again during the next terms. Equally, if your child has a history of seeking attention from others in a class by misbehaving, check on how this is been handled at school. Teachers will undoubtedly find your insights into what works and what doesn’t work at home very useful.
  • Encourage friendships and further consolidate social skills in by organising playdates or outings with any new classmates made throughout the term. Whilst children often request existing friends, it can be worthwhile trying to extend friendship networks by inviting new children over. This is not only good for your child but can also help to expand social support networks for you as a parent. In secondary school, it is equally important to encourage friendships by providing opportunities for your son/daughter to have friends over or by offering to drive them to a movie etc. This not only helps foster friendships but also gives parents valuable insights into the type of friendships that your child is building.

Why social-emotional learning is so important

The importance of focusing on the social and emotional well being of children is becoming increasingly acknowledged. In the current climate of increasing rates of mental illness in young people and concern over youth suicide rates, the NSW government has reportedly decided to tackle the problem more aggressively by proposing to adopt a more preventative approach in addressing such issues. The Government’s decision to begin at the grassroots level and start better-educating school-aged children (from Kindergarten) about mental health issues is welcome news to everyone here at Quirky Kid.

The changes to the Personal Development, Health, Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus which are apparently due for implementation from 2020 include a more comprehensive effort to address social-emotional learning and mental health issues from primary school onwards. Beginning in Kindergarten, it is proposed that children will begin with simple social-emotional concepts such as feelings and building relationships with others, but as they progress to higher grades the aim will be to address important issues such as coping with success and failure, overcoming adversity, grief and death, coping with controlling behaviour in others, domestic violence, and substance abuse.

Helping Children to Build Important Social-Emotional Skills

Equipping children to cope with the social and emotional demands of school fosters increased coping and resilience skills. The evidence suggests that well developed social and emotional skills are both protective and helpful. Strong social and emotional skills in children not only predict fewer behavioural problems in the classroom but they are also related to positive academic outcomes and improved school performance  (Myles-Pallister, Hassan, Rooney, & Kane, 2014; January, Casey & Paulson, 2011; Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinger, 2011)

The government and other mental health agencies hope that by tackling such topics in school and by better-educating children about mental health, steps will be made to not only demystify such issues but will crucially equip children with a more effective toolkit for managing difficult feelings. It is further hoped that lessons learned at school will have a lasting impact as children become adults.

How Can Quirky Kid help develop your child’s social-emotional learning skills?

At The  Quirky Kid Clinic, we are strong advocates for prevention and early intervention when it comes to children’s mental health issues. Prevention, is, of course, the preferred approach. In our experience, providing intervention to children and families before problems become too entrenched can often be the key to success. Where issues have been developing for some time, it can be much harder to address problems and for both the child and family such situations can feel insurmountable.

The Best of Friends® gives children the knowledge skills and confidence to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions. Designed for children aged 7 to 11, the program teaches these critical skills to children in an age-appropriate and practical way.

So embrace this potentially challenging time with your son/daughter and remember children tend to take the lead from their parents. With this in mind, try to model calm, brave behaviour whilst at the same time keeping the doors of communication wide open. By adopting these strategies your child should feel a little braver about adapting to their new classroom, teacher and school expectations.

Term 3 Social and Emotional Learning Programs for Children

If you are looking for a more extensive approach to preparing your child for Term 3, book now for our The Best of Friends® holiday and Term 3 Programs.

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References:

Durlak, J.A., Weissberg, R.P., Dymnicki, A.B., Taylor, R.D., & Schellinger, K.B. (2011).  The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions.  Child Development, 82(1), 405-432

January, A.M., Casey, R.J., & Paulson, D. (2011). A Meta-Analysis of Classroom-Wide Interventions to Build Social Skills: Do They Work?.  School Psychology Review, 40(2), 242-256

Myles-Pallister, J.D., Hassan, S., Rooney, R.M. & Kane, R.T. (2014).  The efficacy of the enhanced Aussie Optimum Positive Thinking Skills Program in improving social and emotional learning in middle childhood.  Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 909.

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Basecamp® wins at The 66th Book Designer Awards

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On Friday evening we were thrilled to take home the Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the Australian Book Designer Awards for BaseCamp®.

The awards celebrate Australia’s bravest and brightest works in over 16 categories. With 355 entries, we were honoured to be recognised alongside other beautiful books published throughout Australia last year. We had a wonderful evening getting to learn, share ideas, and mingle with some of Australia’s top publishers and designers.

The Judges commented that Basecamp® was:

“a really wonderful example of what a book in this category can be” – “fun, engaging and sophisticated while still being accessible”.

The Judges also loved the amazing design concept commenting that the:

“strong, considered use of colour and typography the textured vector illustrations and the interactive elements” gave it an edge, “making it a book that I think children will want to return to again and again”.

 

The panel of 7 Judges consisted of prestigious designers and publishers, who carefully judged submissions through two rounds. After viewing submission digitally and creating a long list, Judges viewed entries ‘in the flesh’ to create a short list of finalists. The other amazing titles shortlisted in our category were:

  • Nelson Product Design & Technology VCE 4e
    Designer: Jennai Lee Fai
    Publisher: Cengage
  • Tapis Volant 1 Student Book 4th edition
    Designer: Cover Design: Studio Pounce, Creative & Cover Art Direction: Danielle Maccarone
    Publisher: Cengage
  • The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob
    Designer: Aṡka
    Publisher: CAASTRO – Arc Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics

We loved meeting the Designers and Publishers of these books and were impressed by how beautiful and informative the books of our fellow shortlisted titles were. We were honoured to be shortlisted for these amazing titles and delighted to take out the award when the standard of entries was so high.

About Basecamp

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards for the Educational Initiative Awards and also shortlisted for the Educational Resources Awards also in London, Basecamp® is impressing judges and parents worldwide.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

We are really proud to add The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the Australian Book Designer Awards as one of our achievements

Start Using BaseCamp Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

We feel that Basecamp® is an incredible artwork. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

Visit the program website

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