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Presentation at the 2016 London Book Fair

Following our successful presentation during the Chinese Children Book Fair, The Quirky Kid was invited to present at the 2016 London Book Fair.

We are looking forward to sharing our experience and insight into working with children with our colleagues in London. Our presentation is part of the Insights seminar programme comprises over 200 seminars and events, and takes place throughout the full three days of the Fair. Seminars are open to all visitors on a first-come-first-served basis, and are one hour in duration, so make sure to register.

Dr Kimberley O’Brien and Leonardo Rocker, MA will be presenting on developing and publishing social and emotional resources for classrooms and clinics.

The presentation will summarise Quirky Kid’s experience in developing SEL tools.

Supporting children’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the school setting is a challenging task for educators and school counsellors. Research shows students with well-developed social and emotional skills perform better academically, have improved attitudes, less negative behaviours and reduced emotional distress (www.casel.org).

Engaging, evidence-based SEL resources for children are paramount for improved student outcomes. Few programs combine the tools and techniques used in the clinic setting with the school curriculum. This seminar will discuss the process of developing and implementing SEL resources for schools and introduce the Quirky Kid range of materials used in clinics and classrooms around the world.

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‘The Best of Friends’™ Program launched in Schools and Clinics

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The Best of Friends Program in Schools and Clinics

Leading Australian child psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien and the team at Quirky Kid Clinic have launched a social emotional learning (SEL) program for use in schools and clinics.

The Best of Friends’™ program was developed in response to increasing demand at schools and the Quirky Kid Clinics to address social and emotional challenges that children experience.

This manualised program has been running since October last year at the Quirky Kid Clinics and is soon to be rolled out at St Catherine’s School in Sydney. It is an innovative resource that helps children to gain the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions.

Dr O’Brien said SEL opportunities in school settings significantly increase student outcomes both academically and in life.

‘The Best of Friends’™ program engages children with stories, illustrations and interactive activities to help children overcome social and emotional issues in a peer group setting,” said Dr O’Brien.

The program draws on decades of clinical and school experience and extensive research and is presented in a concise format to facilitate SEL for children aged 7 to 11 years.

Publisher of ‘The Best of Friends’™ and co-founder of the Quirky Kid Clinic, Leonardo Rocker said the program integrates with the Australian Curriculum and was shortlisted for the Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2015 and received a special commendation.

The Quirky Kid Clinic has been offering workshops throughout Australia for over 8 years.

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Taipei International Book Exhibition 2016

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Taipei International Book Exhibition 2016

8 A handful of Aussie, publishers, authors and illustrators have been selected to appear in the 2016 Hello! from Australia exhibition that will be showcased at the Taipei International Book Exhibition this year, celebrating and promoting the vibrancy and variety of Australia’s publishing scene.

We are proud to announce that our title ‘The Best of Friends’ has been selected as part of this exhibition, which is an initiative of the Australian Publishers Association created in partnership with Books Illustrated, funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

The ‘Hello! from Australia’ exhibition aims to:

  • support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights
  • facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international agents and promoters
  • promote Australian culture internationally, and
  • draw attention to the diversity and depth of Australian children’s books.

Our title, ‘The Best of Friends’ is available now as part of our Social & Emotional Skills (SEL) workshop. Find out more here.

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Bridges for Learning and BoF

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Bridges for Learning and 'Best of Friends' Program

We are proud to announce the Bridges for Learning has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’ ™ program during 2016 at their organization in Bowral. Clients from Bowral and surrounding areas will now be able to benefit from this engaging and effective Social and Emotional Program.

“At Bridges for Learning in Bowral, we are often approached by parents requesting advice and support for their children who may have difficulties with social skills and managing conflict in their peer groups. We were interested in finding a structured program which would be fun and interactive and involve both children and parents.  ‘The Best of Friends’™ program ticks all the boxes and we look forward to introducing it to our families”says Kellie Giles, Senior Psychologist at Bridges for Learning.

Their enrollment continues to set a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

Dates for 2016 workshops will be announced very soon.

About Bridges for Learning

Bridges for Learning provides a range of therapy and special education programs for children 0–12 years with developmental delays and disabilities, and their families. Their staff includes speech pathologists, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, early childhood intervention teacher, family worker and psychologist. Their approach involves working with each family to develop an individual plan for their child.

The services are delivered by professionals within a positive, fun, caring environment. Parents and carers are provided with ongoing support and resources in order to educate, and nurture the well-being of children and families within our local community.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to providing consistent and effective services to young clients and their families, Bridges for Learning has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their clients.

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien and our team. Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friend is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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St Catherine’s School and BOF

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St Catherine’s School and The Best of Friends Program

We are proud to announce the St Catherine’s School in Waverley has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’ ™ program during 2016 at the Junior School.

Their enrolment sets a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

About St Catherine’s School

St Catherine’s is the oldest independent Anglican girl’s school in Australia. St Catherine’s School was founded in 1856 by Mrs Jane Barker.

St Catherine’s is an innovative school and are Australian leaders in positive psychology and ICT in education. The School offers many opportunities in sport, music and the arts and our staff carefully guide and support students through her studies and encourage them to find an interest they will pursue with passion.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to academic results and positive psychology, St Catherine’s school has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their students. We were impressed with the knowledge, focus, diligence and commitment the Learning Enrichment team demonstrated during our visit.

The Learning Enrichment team aims for inclusion for all girls, and Learning Enrichment programs are provided as in-class support and small group instruction. The Junior school is closely monitored from Kindergarten to Year 6 to make sure they are on track academically and with sound social and emotional skills.

About The Best of Friends and the School.

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologists Dr. Kimberley O’Brien.

Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators and teachers will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friend is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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