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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Quirky Kid Share it's global collaborations

Dr Kimberley O’Brien and The Quirky Kid team have recently collaborated with Hodder Education UK to write and published five exciting titles to support Social and Emotional Education for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) curriculum. 

The books deal came after a smaller collaboration with Hodder Education aimed at the Cambridge International Global Perspectives programme. Quirky Kid produced 24 worksheets for children & lesson plans for educators on topics including: Critical Thinking and Problem-solving, Independent Research, Communication, Reflection, Innovation and Creative Thinking and Collaboration.

The larger and more recent commission called on the creative juices of the QK team to help create a collection of student’s workbooks, while Dr Kimberley also wrote a textbook for educators on the topic of Wellbeing as part of the  IB PYP programme. The interactive series of workbooks for children covered the following topics:

So-Shan Au, Senior Publisher at Hodder Education, commissioned the book deal with QK. She recalled “ I first came across the work of Quirky Kid when I was on a panel with Leo Rocker at Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair in 2015. The panel was on ‘Education and Entertainment: How mobile devices and new technology are transforming how children are interacting with content’ and I talked about how new technology changes the way children interact with content. Leo looked at it from the child psychology point of view. Our viewpoints aligned and I knew I wanted to work with him, Dr Kimberley O’Brien and the team at Quirky Kid.”

On the topic of QK resources, So-Shan Au’s opinion as a Publisher in the International  Education market made an impact on the QK team. She stated, “I really love the innovative and exciting resources they have created for their psychological programs, all based on the work that Dr Kimberley O’Brien is doing at their clinics”. According to So-Shan Au,  “I could see how their resources encompassed and aligned so well with the IB ethos and I could see the potential for PYP and the international school market” .

Wellbeing for the IB PYP: Teaching  for Success, provides practical strategies for educators to foster social and emotional learning (SEL) among their students. Case examples are used to illustrate how emotions influence behaviour and what educators can do to encourage individuals and groups to self-regulate. In the book, Dr Kimberley O’Brien aims to share the recipe for creating a calm and collaborative PYP classroom filled with happy, high-achieving students and educators.

This set of resources is designed to help PYP teachers to deliver inquiry-based learning on topics, such as emotional well being, while creating inviting and intentional learning spaces to boost the wellbeing of educators and students alike.

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Cobaw Community Health joins The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp®

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We are excited to welcome Cobaw Community Health as a program facilitator of The Best of Friends®  and BaseCamp® program in Woodend, Victoria. 

The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp® are multi-award winning Social and Emotional Learning programs developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic, and are now used by over 18 schools and agencies around Australia. 

About Cobaw Community Health

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd was established in 1986, and is a not-for-profit with the mission of providing excellence in accessible services to enable people in Victoria to live healthy, active lives. Cobaw provides a comprehensive range of free and low-cost services to over 5,000 people each year in early childhood, youth, families, adults, aged and disability.

Cobaw Community Health has embraced community health and wellbeing issues, proved to have been a driving force locally for service innovation and demonstrated 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 programs to eight children during Term 3. 

How The Best of Friends® program will be implemented at Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd

The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program, along with the first 8-week group for the BaseCamp®  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® and BaseCamp® programs.

We look forward to working closely with Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd

Interested in offering The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp® programs at your school, clinic or community group?

Cobaw Community Health 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 programs have 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 here to find out more about BaseCamp® to see how it can help you meet the needs of your students or clients.

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Welcome Milton Therapy and Learning Centre to Best of Friends®

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Milton TLC Joins the Best of Friends

We are excited to welcome Milton Therapy and Learning Centre as a program facilitator of The Best of Friends® program in Milton, 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 Milton TLC

Milton Therapy and Learning Centre is a family-centred practice providing a range of services to Milton, Ulladulla and surrounding areas. Owned and operated by Speech Pathologist, Kate Kinch, Milton TLC also offers Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Keyworker services.

Milton TLC has demonstrated a clear commitment to Social and Emotional Learning. We were impressed with their passion and commitment, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with their team to deliver their program to children during 2020. 

How The Best of Friends® program will be implemented at Milton TLC

The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program for 2020 will take place in Term 1 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 Milton TLC! 

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

Milton Therapy and Learning Centre 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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Moranbah State High School joins The Best of Friends®

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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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