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.
July 2018 – October 2018 Update
Channel Ten News – Lessons for Life on the Changes of the NSW Curriculum on Mental health. Read the story here.
We are excited to welcome St Monica’s Primary School to the Quirky Kid clinic as a program facilitator of our award-winning anxiety Program, Basecamp®. St Monica’s Primary School, located in Evatt, ACT, is just one of the schools we are currently working with to provide Basecamp® to their students.
Basecamp® is an innovative anxiety program designed for children between the ages of 7 to 12. Developed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Kathryn Berry, and the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities. Winner of multiple International and Australian publishing awards, Basecamp® is being implemented by clinics and schools across Australia to assist children in learning how to manage anxiety.
About St Monica’s Primary School
St Monica’s Primary School is a Catholic learning community for children in grades K-6. At St Monica’s, their mission is to provide strong educational programs to enable children to reach their full potential. We were impressed by their commitment to providing innovative social-emotional learning education, making the most of technology, and looking to provide holistic support for children and their families.
How Basecamp® will be implemented
Dr Kathryn Berry and our team of psychologists will work carefully with St Monica’s Primary School to implement the Basecamp® program. Key to the success of the program is ensuring that all facilitators are provided with comprehensive training and guided implementation to their students. Evaluation and monitoring tools will also be used to ensure the outcomes of the program are met and to develop ongoing individual intervention students anxiety.
Interested in offering Basecamp® at your school?
St Monica’s Primary School is one of a number of schools we are currently working with to implement our Basecamp® program. With St Monica’s and other incredible schools onboard, Basecamp® is recognised as a cost-effective, evidence-based intervention to assist children with managing their anxiety.
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. Just last week Basecamp received a Highly Commended mention at the 2018 Education Publishing Awards.
We will be part of iAccelerate Demo Day again this year.Come and visit us: all welcome!
Quirky Kid is excited to be taking part in Accelerate Demo Day 2018. A cornerstone event where the community can engage with iAccelerate’s innovative resident companies to learn more about what they are working on.Over 25 current iAccelerate residents will be exhibiting. Further, breakout sessions and tours will run throughout the day.
Quirky Kid and Win News Illawarra.
This is your chance to see the amazing innovations the companies are working on and get to know the residents. Also, it provides us with the opportunity to exhibit to the community, investors, business leaders, media, and the wider start-up community. You can find more info about the exhibitors and program here.
Demo Day is a great opportunity for you to engage with Quirky Kid. Come and learn more about our current evidence-based projects for children and their families. Furthermore, you will be able to hear from other innovative iAccelerate residents.
Join us at iAccelerate Centre – Innovation Campus, North Wollongong – on Friday 9th November. In addition, we will be talking all things Social Emotional Learning during our breakout sessions at 12.30pm
Importantly, the event is free and open to everyone, but registration via Eventbrite is recommended
Connecting Young Minds is located in Mount Gambier, South Australia. Headed up by Michelle Wright, a Family and Educational Consultant, her space specialises in creating individualised programs for families. As a result, these programs assist her clients in promoting positive mental health growth of their children.
Furthermore, we are impressed with the passion and commitment of Connecting Young Minds to social emotional learning. We are working with their team to deliver their first program to eight children during Term 4.
How we will implement the Best of Friends Program™ at Connecting Young Minds
The first 10-week group of The Best of Friends® program is taking place in Term 4 2018. Currently, our team of facilitators are closely supporting Connecting Young Minds in the delivery of the program. Each participant receives a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Further, facilitators and parents have access to an extensive series of information, manuals and regular supervision as required.
To ensure adequate evaluation, each child and group complete pre- and post- psychometrist testing of their social and emotional skills. As a result, Connecting Young Minds can monitor the outcome significance of the intervention. Evaluation and Monitoring is an important part of The Best of Friends® program. We are working closely with Connecting Young Minds to support them in this.
Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends® ’ program at your clinic?
Connecting Young Minds is one of the 15 other school or clinics offering our programs around Australia. Further, their enrolment continues to establish our Social and Emotional program as a cost-effective and evidence-based intervention. The programs aim is to improve children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources. Parents, clinics and schools love these resources, using them around the world.
Best of Friends®has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan. Likewise, we are keen to identify partners committed to the implementation and evaluation of social emotional learning programs.
Finally, you can contact us or visit the program websiteto find out more about how you can meet and develop the needs of your students or clients through The Best of Friends® program.
As Quirky Kid’s latest recruit, I bring a Masters in Clinical Psychology; experience working with children aged 2 to 12 years in the school setting; a passion for report writing; and an abundance of energy to share with the Quirky Kid team!
After 6 years at university, I completed a number of clinical internship programs. These were at the Brain and Mind Centre of Sydney University, the Western Sydney LHD Psychosis Early Intervention and Recovery Service, and the Western Sydney University Psychology Clinic. These opportunities honed my assessment skills with a variety of presentations including anxiety; depression; Autism Spectrum Disorder, challenging behaviours, social difficulties and emotional disturbance.
My clinical placements with children and families, ensured I have both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to help young people understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. I use evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy combined with art and play-based techniques in my work at Quirky Kid. This is under the supervision of Dr Kimberley O’Brien and Dr Kathryn Berry.
Why have I moved to Quirky Kid?
My move to Quirky Kid was motivated by my commitment to joining an innovative team-based environment. In doing so, I will continue to grow my skills with children and young people in a clinical setting. Lucky for me Quirky Kid was the perfect fit!
I work within a passionate and experienced team who enjoy sharing their time, skills and knowledge with each other. Together, we strive to make positive changes for each individual child, their family and the broader school community! It’s so inspiring.
What are my skills?
In addition to my clinical skills, I bring years of experience working in After School Care and School Holiday programs managing children with mixed abilities and differential diagnoses. In the clinic and school setting, I take my time to understand all perspectives of the presenting problem.
My preference is to work collaboratively with children, parents and educators. In doing so, I address their shared concerns by developing strategies to empower the young person. Further, I use my clinical skills to uniquely design interventions which match the individual needs of each client and to their circumstances.
Drawing on my established networks of health professionals from clinical placements and the QK team ensures the best outcomes for the child. Recently, I have also enjoyed training in the latest iPad version of the WISC-V since starting at QK.
What will my role at QK be?
Part of my role will be delivering the Best of Friends and BaseCamp group programs at Quirky Kid, in addition to building my client load of young people and families. Consultations will typically involve an initial assessment of the background information provided by the parents/carers. Following this, there will usually be follow up consultations with the child or adolescent.
In addition, I am also liaising with local schools and services to continue developing a network of allied health professionals, doctors and school leaders with which to consult.
More About Taylor
I am a self-confessed food lover. I have always said if psychology didn’t work out I would be a baker! Birthday cakes are my speciality. Growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches means I love the outdoors, especially going to the beach and enjoying coastal walks. I also enjoy travelling and trying new experiences.
I am very excited about joining the Quirky Kid team and empowering young people to achieve their potential.
You can read more here about how Taylor can assist your family. Please feel free to contact our reception on 02 9362 9297 for any enquiries or further information.