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Shortlisted for the 2014 Educational Publishing Awards

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Power Up : Educational Publishing Awards 2014

We are proud to announced the Power Up! has been shortlisted for the 2014 Educational Publishing Awards under Primary: Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities. We are against Pearson Australia and Pascal Press, two of the largest publishers in Australia. This is a major achievement and a fantastic reward for our work and dedication over the past months.  

Power Up is Quirky Kid’s performance psychology program for young people aged 10 to 16 years.

Organised by trade body the Australian Publishers Association, the EPAAs celebrate excellence in educational publishing  in Australia. Now reaching its 21st year, the event is an opportunity to showcase the innovation, quality and dedication publishers devote to their pedagogical products.

Awards will be presented in the primary school, secondary school, TAFE & vocational and tertiary education categories as well as to the APA Primary and Secondary School Publisher of the Year. The event night is scheduled for

  • Date:                   17th September 2014
  • Location:             State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Time:                   5.30-9.30pm

To buy the online resource or register to a workshop visit http://powerup.quirkykid.com.au/

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The Best of Friends @ Fairfield PS

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Fairfield Public school and The Best of Friends Program

This week Psychologists Kimberley O’Brien and Simonne Cohen are heading to Fairfield Public school in Sydney to start facilitating ‘The Best of Friends Program’ for 12 lucky male students from Year 3, 4, 5.

The program will go over two weeks and will include aspects of the new program workbook currently under production here at Quirky Kid Publishing.

The 8 hours workshop will covered areas such as Making Friends, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking and others key areas around Social Skills. Students will participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and presentations while discussing and practicing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

We will update this post with more information as they become available. The Best of Friends has been offered to a number of school around Sydney like: Moriah College, Illawarra Grammar School, International Grammer School, St Thomas Public School, Thirroul Public School, Redlands, and many other.

More information about the program on our website. You can register for the school based workshops online as well. 

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The Best of Friends @ Cartwright PS

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Cartwright Public School and The Best of Friends Program
This week our team is heading to Cartwright Public School in Sydney to start facilitating ‘The Best of Friends Program’ for 8 lucky students from Year 3 and 4. The workshops are possible thank you to Mission Australia.

The program will go over two weeks and will include aspects of the new program workbook currently under production here at Quirky Kid Publishing.

The 8 hours workshop will covered areas such as Making Friends, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking and others key areas around Social Skills. Students will participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and presentations while discussing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

We will update this post with more information as they become available. The Best of Friends has been offered to a number of school around Sydney like: Moriah College, Illawarra Grammar School, International Grammer School, St Thomas Public School, Thirroul Public School, Redlands, and many other.

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Power Up! Online

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We are extremely proud to announce our first online program: Power Up! Using performance psychology to perform/compete at your best. Below is sneak peak of the project.

This unique program, now available as an online program, is designed for children and young people aged 10 to 16 years who are or want to be involved in sports, music, performance or academics in a competitive way. By purchasing a workbook, participants will gain access to an information packed website with Animated tutorials designed to assist participants in completing the program independently or with the help of coaches or parents.

The program offers participants with the opportunity to develop a unique set of psychological skills to improve their performances and manage the demands of competition.

The Power Up! covers six core areas of psychological skills training. Each skill contributes to a performer’s ability to effectively manage the sustained effort required in training and practice, as well as the pressure environment of competition or performance. The program aims to ensure participants gain an understanding of the following core areas:

  • Goal Setting,
  • Self-Talk,
  • Imagery,
  • Focus and Attention Control
  • Arousal Regulation
  • Competition planning.

Buy online

The Power Up! program, inclusive of an illustrated workbook, website access, video animated instructions and option for individual help is available via the program’s website: http://powerup.quirkykid.com.au for only $39.95. 

 

Offering Power Up! privately.

To register and start offering Power Up! privately, simply head to the Power Up Website and complete the registration process. Coaches, sports professionals, teacher and psychologist can offerPower Up! while generating revenue from workshops.

Please head to http://powerup.quirkykid.com.au to start the process now.

Prefer a face-to-face workshop?

Prefer face-to-face learning? Not a problem. Register today for an upcoming session near you.

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Welcome Simonne Cohen

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Image of Psychologist Simonne Cohen at The Quirky Kid Clinic

Update: Simonne  Cohen no longers works at Quirky Kid.

I have recently joined The Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra, as a Registered Psychologist. I gained my undergraduate qualification in Psychology in 2010 from the University of New South Wales (Sydney), passing my Bachelor of Psychology. Following the completion of my degree, I completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales.  I have always had an interest in working with children, particularly children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and spent several years working as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist as well as conducting assessments and therapy as a Provisional Psychologist.

During my postgraduate training, I also worked as a Research Assistant at Westmead Children’s Hospital, where I conducted psychometric assessments and managed and coordinated clinical trials involving children with a range of behavioural and emotional difficulties.  This fuelled my enthusiasm to continue to work with children, as well as undertake a PhD with a specialty in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am currently enrolled in a collaborative PhD program with Monash/ Harvard Medical School in the USA where I am investigating the relationship between sleep deficiencies and poor behaviour in children with Low Functioning Autism. 

Why have I moved to Quirky kid clinic?

I have always wanted to work in a warm, creative and supportive environment. The Quirky kid Clinic offers this type of environment, as well as high quality evidence based therapy for kids with a diverse range of needs. It is considered one of the most highly recognised clinics in Sydney with excellent resources, staff and therapists and therefore was a highly attractive place to work. The Quirky Kid Clinic offers a fun, open, warm and friendly environment that makes it appealing for children as well as staff. I am delighted to be apart of the team!

What are my skills? 

I have always had a keen interest in working with children and their families.  This was particularly reinforced in my Clinical Psychology training, as I was able to gain work experience assisting in the treatment of  children diagnosed with anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, as well as a range of other behavioural issues. I have experience running social skills groups, anxiety groups and conducting individual therapy with children with a range of difficulties. I also have experience conducting psychometric assessments and using a range of assessment tools to help identify children’s particular cognitive strengths and weaknesses. I am passionate about working with children and their families, and making a difference in any way possible. 

What is my role at QK?

My role at The Quirky Kid Clinic is to facilitate evidence based programs for children with a range of behavioural and emotional activities. Some of these programs include the ‘Why worry?’ program and the social skills program called ‘The Best of Friends’. These programs involve consulting with teachers, parents as well as going into the school setting and facilitating programs with children ranged 3-13years.

In addition to running programs, I will also be conducting psychometric assessments in collaboration with the other psychologists at the clinic, and writing psychometric reports to help understand the individual learning needs of children and adolescents. 

The team has so far been a fantastic team to work for, and I very much continue to build a professional name within this clinic in the coming years.

Update: Simonne Cohen no longers works at Quirky Kid.

 

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