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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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Media Wrap Up – Update June 2020

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Posted on by Zoe Barnes

Latest Media Appearances, and Our Recent Interviews and Publications

Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contributing to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.
Please enjoy this resource as an easy access database to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications.

2018 – June 2020 Update 

The Daily TelegraphZoom, Houseparty cyber-bullying among teens, tweens.

SBS NewsThe Online Exercise Classes for Children Helping Maintain Good Mental Health During Australia’s Coronavirus Lockdown 

Body and Soul‘I quarantined in a one bedroom with a toddler for two weeks’

ABC LifeHow to pick the ‘right’ sport for your child (and the case for letting them choose)

This Glorious MessLittle Kids: What Happens If Your Relationship Breaks Down? 

ABC (Capricornia) “How do you?” How to discuss bad news they see on tv with kids

ABC LIFEWhen should we let kids play and walk to school by themselves? 

The PakMag Parents Podcast ‘Internet safety for children and how parents can help protect them online.’

Health Logix ‘Dangers of not educating kids.’

The House of Wellness‘How to help your child cope with irrational fears.’

Kids Spot‘Team sports can make resilient kids’

ABC News‘Meet the kids choosing to forego birthday gifts to raise funds for charities’

ABC LIFE‘Bluey: the cattle dog has won parents over — and their kids are benefiting’  

ABC LIFE‘Here’s how dads can help raise body-positive kids’

Roma Star –  ‘What to tell your kids about the NZ attack’

ABC NEWS/HEALTH‘Should parents give their children drugs to help them sleep on long-haul flights?’

ABC NEWS‘Dreaming of a family holiday to Europe? Here’s why the same beach spot is a better choice’

KINDERLING‘The best ways to encourage your shy child in social situations’

Iaccelerate‘Quirky Kid’s Kimberley O’Brien shares her story with Mamamia’ 

ABC series Old people’s home for 4 year-olds (pre-planning pre- production phase)

HOME LIFE – Love every moment at home; ‘let the games begin’ (Printed article)

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Dr Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.

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Ascham Joins The Best of Friends

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We are excited to welcome Ascham School as a program facilitator of The Best of Friends® program in Edgecliff, New South Wales.

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 over 18 schools and agencies around Australia. 

About Ascham School

Ascham School is an independent, non-denominational, day and boarding school for girls. The school’s teaching philosophy mirrors that of the Dalton Plan and focuses on four key principles — collaboration, responsibility, reflection and independence. Ascham school seeks to build resilience in its students by helping each girl develop the confidence to stretch herself and stumble, believing that self-confidence comes from effort leading to real achievement and that learning to bounce back from setbacks is an integral part of this process.

Ascham School believes girls’ wellbeing is of paramount importance and integral to the learning process demonstrating a clear commitment to Social and Emotional Learning. We were impressed with their passion and commitment and are looking forward to working with their team to deliver their first program to fourteen years, 7 boarders, during Term 2. 

How The Best of Friends® program will be implemented at Ascham School.

The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program will take place in Term 2 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 Ascham School! 

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

Ascham School is one of 18 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.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.

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Service Update: COVID-19

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Service Update: Welcome Sarah Doyle and Michal Fisher

By now, everyone has made some adjustments to their routines and lives due to COVID-19 and it is no different at Quirky Kid. Below are some important updates from our team.

The key takeaway is that we are still
here to support you and your family during this period while playing our part to stop the spread of the virus.

In line with the latest advice from the Australian Government, we are reducing our face-to-face interactions, as appropriate. Please check often as this post will be updated with more information as it becomes available,

Online Support

We have been providing online consultations for many years already. In fact, Quirky Kid started offering phone and online services in 2007 when we launched our first website from Darwin. For us, Telehealth feels like a walk in the park.

If you prefer to complete your sessions by phone or video, ask our reception and we’ll arrange it for you.

We also have a weekly online Lunch and Learn session with Quirky Kid Psychologist to help parents support Children’s wellbeing during COVID-19.

Support to Schools

We have adjusted some of our programs and service deliveries to support schools in maintaining the wellbeing of their students. These initiatives include supporting schools with counselling for students in need and adapting some of our programs for online delivery. Schools can engage us in:

  • Delivering The Best of Friends and Basecamp as an online program. Our team of facilitators will host weekly sessions at set times to groups of students. Participants will receive a copy of the Program workbook and attend sessions with trained facilitators.
  • Access The Power Up program to support high achieving students with reduced bulk purchases of licenses.

Reducing our Fees

The Australian government has announced new medicare item to ensure healthcare can be delivered to all Australians during this time. Quirky Kid has also take initiative to support families. For a limited period, will reduce the cost of online consultations and some of the other individual services to provide our clients and community can continue to access support for their families, during the next 2 months.

There has been some changes to Medicare with clients in some circumstances being eligible for bulk-billing rates on the new telehealth items.We are not a bulk-billing service but will update our policies to offer options to clients significantly impacted by COVID-19.

Hours of Operation

We are reducing our hours of operation for the safety of our team. From April 2020, our clinics will be open to clients on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only from 9.30-6.00pm.

During these hours, we have new guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID19. You can read all the details at our Help Centre. These initiatives include:

  • All parent sessions to be conducted online or by phone.
  • Our waiting rooms are closed. Please drop-off and pick-up only. Your psychologist can provide feedback in a separate parent session.
  • Phone and email support from QK reception is available.
  • Hygiene practices of the highest standard are our new normal.

More Information 

In addition, Quirky Kid is following the guidance of the World Health Organisation and The Australian Psychological Society for further updates. 

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) such as its symptoms, steps you can take to protect yourself, and what to do if you are affected.
  • Australian Government Department of Health: The Department of Health has developed a collection of resources for the general public, health professionals and industry about coronavirus (COVID-19), including translated resources.

We appreciate your understanding as we seek to avoid any unnecessary risks to the health of our Quirky community, our homes, housemates, families and everyone in between. Thank you for your continued support.

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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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