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Moranbah State High School joins The Best of Friends®

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Posted on by Zoe Barnes

School Logo to confirm The Best of Friends

We are excited to welcome Moranbah State High School to the The Best of Friends® program community. Moranbah State school is located in Queensland.

The Best of Friends® is a multi-award winning Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic, and is now used by by many schools and agencies around Australia.

About Moranbah State High School.

Moranbah State High School is located in the heart of Queensland’s coal mining industry. They offer a vibrant, innovative and inclusive learning community for all students. Their practices are based around a philosophy to ensure “every student, in every classroom, is learning, achieving and valued. The school strives to provide a school community built on professionalism, continuous improvement and accountability, with a key focus on the mental health of all students as a key for school success.

Moranbah State High School has a commitment to Social and Emotional Learning demonstrated through the positive, respectful and supportive learning approaches throughout the school, striving to achieve a high standard of mental health development and behavioural skills development.
We were impressed with their passion and commitment and are looking forward to working with their team to deliver their first program to sixteen students during Term 3.

How The Best of Friends® program will be implemented at Moranbah State High School

The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program will take place in Term 3 2020 and will be closely supported by our team of facilitators. Each participant receives a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid, while facilitators and parents have access to an extensive range of information, manuals and regular supervision as required. 

To ensure adequate evaluation, each individual child and group complete pre- and post- psychometric testing of their social and emotional skills to measure the outcome of the intervention. Evaluation and monitoring is an important component of The Best of Friends® program.

We look forward to working closely with Moranbah State High School

Interested in offering The Best of Friends® program at your school?

Contact us or visit the program website to find out more about The Best of Friends® program, and how it can help you meet the needs of your students or clients.

Moranbah State High School is one of many other schools/clinics offering our programs around Australia. Our Social and Emotional programs are a cost-effective and evidence-based intervention which improves children’s social and emotional wellbeing.

The program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan, and we are keen to identify partners equally committed to Social and Emotional Learning.

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.

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Siblings! by Quirky Kid

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Cover of Book Siblings

“There are two sides to every story,” so the saying goes. Quirky Kid’s new release, Siblings! explores this old adage with a fresh twist. Siblings! is a witty and imaginative picture book about the ups and downs of brothers and sisters.

Having a brother or sister can be a challenge! There’s a tendency to focus on what bothers us instead of what comforts us, especially when it comes to our siblings. They complain, make fun of us, or ignore us completely; try as we might, sometimes there’s just no escaping them! Why do they have to be so exhausting? But then, at other times, they make us laugh, they share their snacks, and they keep us company. What if their presence was a positive thing instead of a problem? Maybe our siblings aren’t so bad after all…

The story is supported by a playful design and spirited illustrations by Rocio Bonilla. The book literally unfolds in two parts to reveal how rivalry frequently masks a deeper appreciation and affection for one another.

Siblings! is a witty and imaginative picture book
about the ups and downs of brothers and sisters.

Siblings! examines a complicated relationship that distils its essence into charming bite-sized portions of gratitude for kids to consider through humour and unique perspectives. It allows children to recognise the deep admiration behind another’s motives and that the lines between siblings are often that which can bring them closer.

Siblings! is the perfect prop for parents and an additional tool for professionals working with children to help build better relationships between siblings and explore home politics. Simple, easy to read and beautifully illustrated. Bring your family closer together with Siblings!

Available now as a hardcover edition for only $25.99

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Quirky Kid and University of Wollongong Collaboration Launch

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The Best of Friends® Industry Research Collaboration

The Quirky Kid® Clinic’s collaboration with the University of Wollongong provided the evidence base to scale the innovative The Best of Friends® program

The Quirky Kid Team and The University of Wollongong’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Jennifer Martin would like to invite you to a presentation of the industry research collaboration between Quirky Kid® and the University of Wollongong (UOW) on The Best of Friends® program.

This event will provide you with an expanding small business’s perspective on collaborating with a university as an effective innovation pathway. You will learn how Quirky Kid leveraged their innovation spend through various programs – including Tech Vouchers, Internships and UOW’s incubator iAccelerate – to maximise impact.

The Best of Friends® program was developed in response to increasing demand from schools to address the social and emotional learning (SEL) challenges that children experience, and to offer them the academic and social benefits that SEL provides.

The research conducted by Quirky Kid® and the University of Wollongong added to the growing evidence of the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program, which Quirky Kid®  was then able to use to scale their product so their expertise could benefit kids in schools not only across Australia but around the world.

Representatives from Quirky Kid, the University of Wollongong, and NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Programs will be on hand to answer your questions and get you started on your own innovation journey.

Friday 9 August, 9:30am-12:00pm
Level 49, MLC Centre  (19 Martin Place, Sydney)

9:30-10:00am Showcase demonstrations and networking
10:00-11:15am –  Presentation and Q&A:

  • Innovation in Social Emotional Learning – Dr. Kimberley O’Brien (Quirky Kid)
  • Collaborating with UOW –  Zahra Shahbazian, Industry Research Manager (UOW)
  • Leveraging your innovation spend  –  Leo Rocker (Quirky Kid)

11:15am-12:00pm: Networking and light refreshments



About Quirky Kid

We’re one of Australia’s leading Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Clinics and passionately committed to providing clients with the highest standard of service delivery. Quirky Kid is a member of the University of Wollongong business incubator program, ‘iAccelerate’. We operate clinical spaces in Sydney and Austinmer with a new clinic opening soon in Canberra.

You may also know of Quirky Kid as an award-winning publisher of unique therapeutic resources for young people and families. These include Face it cards, Tell Me A Story cards and the popular programs, Power Up™, The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp which are used in schools around Australia and overseas.

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We’re Growing Up

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Australian child psychology services provider and publisher Quirky Kid is growing up, receiving significant federal and state government support to take its strategies for tackling children’s mental health issues to Australia and the world.

Quirky Kid has been named among the first seven successful recipients of a grant from the Department of Social Services (DSS)  $7 million Sector Readiness Fund (SRF), managed through Impact Investing Australia’s Growth Grant.

Quirky Kid, founded by the visionary duo Dr Kimberley O’Brien and Leonardo Rocker, is a provider of mental health services for children, as well as educational publishing services, products and software.

The $130,000 grant from the SRF will be used to engage Social Impact Hub’s services to help Quirky Kid become impact investment ready, including working with Quirky Kid to deliver impact assessment and a capital raise by July 2020.

Earlier this year, Quirky Kid was selected to join two International immersion programs, the Dubai EdTech Bootcamp organised by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the India Entrepreneurs International Bootcamp funded by the NSW Government and led by the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.

Quirky Kid also exhibited at the world’s largest trade fair for children’s literature and creative content, The Bologna Book Fair in Italy.

Last year, Quirky Kid received two prestigious nominations at The London Book Fair, winning the Best Educational Initiative Award for Basecamp®, an educational program designed to support children to manage anxiety. Basecamp® has also received two other local awards and nominations, such as Best Designed Educational Primary / Secondary Book at the Australia Book Designer Awards.

The SRF aims to change the way Australia addresses social issues by investing in growing enterprises delivering positive social outcomes. In announcing the SRF grantees on 17 May 2019 (former) Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher MP said: “The seven social impact investment organisations [have] demonstrated growth potential to deliver positive social outcomes.”

“Social impact investments can be a game changer in the approach to some serious and entrenched social issues and the Sector Readiness Fund forms part of the Government’s commitment to tackling disadvantage through innovative financing models,” Mr Fletcher has said.

Quirky Kid, described by the Sydney Morning Herald as a “quiet Australian success story, used by thousands of organisations around the world” link to report, has been diligently delivering innovative products and solutions for schools and families, such as a new online application to support parents and professionals called BriteChild (see https://britechild.com).

Quirky Kid is a resident at The University of Wollongong incubator, iAccelerate, which is committed to helping social entrepreneurs deliver meaningful impact.

Quirky Kid has taken an innovative idea to deliver mental health services for children and are building a thriving business with a social conscience. We look forward to continuing to support them further on their journey,” iAccelerate CEO Omar Khalifa said.

Dr O’Brien and Mr Rocker said: “Since 2016, we have engaged an incredible team to make sure we can raise the necessary capital to escalate our impact and commercial success. Our ambition is to continue to scale without compromising our impact”

Quirky Kid is due to open a third clinic in Canberra at the end of 2019.

Founder and Director of the Social Impact Hub, Jessica Roth and her team are delighted to be working with Quirky Kid. According to Jessica: “Impact investment will help Quirky Kid scale its business, to deliver its quality programs to more kids and families, leading to improved wellbeing and outcomes for many, as well as generate financial returns for impact investors. The Social Impact Hub is committed to supporting purpose-driven businesses as they scale, and we are thrilled to have won an Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant to work with Quirky Kid.”

Sabina Curatolo, Director of Social Enterprise Development at IIA added “raising capital to grow these for-purpose businesses often requires new skills and advice that these change-making entrepreneurs would not already have. The grants from this new fund enable successful applicants to seek this specialist advice from intermediaries, enabling their businesses to grow and increase their impact. In this way, we are also encouraging growth in intermediaries which is key to effectively growing the impact investment eco-system.”



About Quirky Kid

We’re one of Australia’s leading Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Clinics and passionately committed to providing clients with the highest standard of service delivery. Quirky Kid is a member of the University of Wollongong business incubator program, ‘iAccelerate’. We operate clinical spaces in Sydney and Austinmer with a new clinic opening soon in Canberra.

You may also know of Quirky Kid as an award-winning publisher of unique therapeutic resources for young people and families. These include Face it cards, Tell Me A Story cards and the popular programs, Power Up™, The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp which are used in schools around Australia and overseas.

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Ciao! We’re off again to Bologna

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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

Quirky Kid will be in Bologna from 1st to 4th April for the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair. As the world’s largest trade fair for children’s literature and creative content, Bologna brings together leading International authors, illustrators, publishers and agencies from over 100 countries! A platform for both traditional and digital media, the fair is a global epicentre for discussion on trends, innovative ideas and new perspectives in children’s publishing.

Quirky Kid will join the Australian collective stand on Hall 25, Stand B66. View the 2019 catalogue.

Continuing our success on the international stage from three previous Bologna Book Fairs, the Chinese Children’s Book Fair, the London Book Fair, and the Frankfurt Book Fair, we are excited to share our award-winning books with different audiences and perhaps even discover some unique new additions to the Quirky Kid resource collection.

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From the clever kids at Quirky Kid

This year we will, of course, be taking our entire stable of our Quirky Kid publications on the road, but we will be showcasing two very special products in particular: Basecamp® and BriteChild®.

Basecamp® is our latest publication to become an award-winner, now we can’t wait to take it on tour and show the world why! An innovative cognitive-behavioural program, developed for managing anxiety, it is a unique, interactive and customisable tool, disguised in the familiar form of an illustrated book. BaseCamp® won “Best Designed Educational Book” at the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards, it won the “Educational Initiative Award – International Excellence” at the 2018 London Book Fair and was shortlisted for the “Educational Resource Award – International Excellence,” also at the 2018 London Book Fair. While we’re pleased-as-punch to receive this recognition for BaseCamp®, we’re not really altogether surprised. Our most important judges have been giving it the “thumbs-up” for a while already!

BriteChild® is our latest initiative and one for mums, dads and big people in the lives of little folks. Not a traditional children’s book, BriteChild® is a digital application, which connects parents and organisations to children’s development specialists, to address a broad range of challenges. BriteChild® is our first, truly digital innovation and we couldn’t be more pleased with what we’ve developed. We’re feeling quietly confident grown-ups around the world will be singing our praises soon too!

Bologna is a fantastic opportunity to spread the word for our evidence-based therapeutic tools to a global audience. As in past years, we also expect The Best of Friends® and PowerUp™ (more of our award-winning books) will continue to be really well-received too.

Quirky Kid has a few new resources under development and we are keen to create a big impact on the Social, Emotional and Educational sector. You can find out more about The Quirky Kid Resources on our website or at our publishing page.

When in Rome… well, Bologna anyway!

This year you will find Quirky Kid in Bologna at Stall Hall 25, Stand B6  at the Children’s Book Fair. Why not come and say “Bonjourno!”.

Take a peek!

To see the full range of Quirky Kid publishing products, have a browse around our catalogue at: https://www.publishers.asn.au/documents/item/670 and https://therapeuticresources.com.au/collections/by-quirky-kid

We will be sharing our time at the fair on our social feeds including Facebook, and Twitter, so be sure to follow us on our adventure!

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