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What does autism mean to you?

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

At a recent Aspect event, they asked five people about their own experiences with autism spectrum disorders and put them together to make the following video.


Autism is something that affects everyone differently. So please watch this video and tell  Aspect what Autism means to you. Share it with your friends and family to help Aspect reach 15,000 likes on Facebook, and start 15,000 conversations about autism.

To find out more about what services are available at the Quirky Kid for children and families with an ASD, please visit our early intervention pages.

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We’re Moving!

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

It all happened so fast! One minute we were working at maximum capacity, the next we have room to stretch our limbs and our collective QK imagination!

Our new space is 150 metres away from our existing Woollahra (Sydney) clinic and is bursting with innovation. Opening on 1st July 2012, the clinic, publishing house and new Quirky Kid Lab will be a welcome surprise for all our clients and colleagues at Suite 2, First Floor, 83-85 Queen St, Woollahra.

You can still contact us on our phone number: 02 9362 9297. Our email info@quirkykid.com.au also remains the same.

This is a huge step for our small business and a clear sign that our commitment to clients and to the field of Educational and Developmental Psychology is for the long term. Quirky Kid has experienced fantastic growth over the last 6 years:

  • Our team has provided intervention to over 2000 families;
  • Our publishing house has experienced local and international recognition for our growing range of quality resources;
  • We opened our second clinical space in Austinmer (Wollongong) to better cater for clients outside the Sydney metropolitan area;
  • We’ve engaged with delegates and speakers at conferences in Australia and achieved our first overseas Keynote Address at the largest educational conference in South America.

Moving forward:

Taking stock of our achievements and planning the next leg of the journey is all part of moving. There’s something about a new workspace that helps fast tracks existing projects and plants the seeds for an exciting line-up of new initiatives coming your way in 2012 and beyond. Right now, we are on track to:

  1. Publish our first program: Power UpUsing Performance Psychology to Compete at your Best by psychologist Belinda Jones. This program will be available for school and clubs.
  2. Launch ‘The Best of Friends’ program for the school setting: This much anticipated Social Skills program by Quirky Kid will be making it’s debut as a school-based program available for teachers with a unique workbook and facilitators manual.
  3. Introduce the Quirky Kid Lab: A research-based consultancy service specializing in Educational & Developmental psychology providing insight to schools, media outlets, PR companies, government and non-government organizations (NGOs).
  4. Consolidate our overseas exposure by visiting our distributors in Canada and meeting our QK counterparts in NYC (Yippee)!

We love doing what we do:

So, why write programs, offer research-based consultancy and travel great distances to connect with colleagues?

The answer is – We want to have more to offer the young people and families who confide in us.  More stats, more tips, more anecdotes and more data to draw on. After all, Quirky Kid is a team of practitioners at heart, with a soft spot for listening to children and families..and with the skills to make a significant difference to every client on a daily basis. What an awesome combination of social change, creativity and travel!

Why not be part of our new chapter? We invite new referrals, new consultancy opportunities and new collaborations to kick off our new venture from the 1st July. Come and join us!

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Positive Schools & Educador conferences

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Posted on by Dr. Kimberley O'Brien

Quirky Kid enjoyed a few whirlwind trips in May for three exceptional conferences in the field of education. One in Sao Paulo, one in Fremantle and one in Melbourne and they were all excellent for different reasons.

Brazil Conference

‘Educador’ in Brazil with over 14000 people in attendance was a major event with a very social atmosphere. It was an exciting opportunity to meet other speakers and to experience using translators for the first time in the context of a seminar with 400 kindhearted participants.

I was overwhelmed to have a line up of lovely teachers asking for a photo together after my presentation. After months of preparation, it was one of most unique highlights of my life to be a part of this thriving education community! QK are thrilled to accept their invitation to return in 2013.

All images by Andreia Naomi e da Futuro Eventos

The local media and prestigious local magazine the Revista Veja, also spoken with Kimberley. Kimberley also discussed the conference topic with a post on Families-school relationship.

Positive Schools

Positive Schools in Fremantle was a great opportunity to talk with teachers working in Western Australia, many of whom are based in remote communities working with indigenous children with limited classroom support. I was pleased to hear the visual resources developed by QK have been well-received and there was particular interest in the new “Tickets” reward system to revamp old behaviour management patterns.

This conference was also an opportunity to connect with the lovely ACER representatives selling our resources and to provide more tips on how to apply them in diverse settings.

Melbourne

The Melbourne Positive Schools conference was held at the exquisite Melbourne Convention Centre and the auditorium was absolutely slick! Positive Schools was my chance to listen to Michael Carr-Gregg and Andrew Fuller, Bernadette Black and other similarly inspiring colleagues I rarely meet in person. I look forward to delivering more video footage of young people on the big screen next year. Overall, the May conferences were an adrenaline boost with an ample serving of special new contacts – Thank you!

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We’re hiring!

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Come and join the Quirky Kid Clinic and be part of an incredible team of  Educational and Developmental professionals, working with inspiring children and families.

You will be invited to participate in all aspects of our business like publishing, product development, networking and working creatively with children. If this sounds like something you would like to do… Please apply.

We have part-time positions for psychologists in Sydney and Wollongong and a further casual position in Wollongong for an early intervention professional.

Visit our website for more information about our team https://childpsychologist.com.au/about-us/our-team and the employment pages for Position description and details on how to apply https://childpsychologist.com.au/about-us/employment

We look forward to hearing from you!

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A new face at Quirky Kid Sydney

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

We are proud to introduce Julie Co as our new Early Intervention Specialist. Julie will be coordinating the service delivery for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental difficulties in collaboration with our psychology team.

Our New Early Intervention Specialist - Julie Co

Julie Co has had extensive training and experience as a senior applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapist and is currently working on gaining her registration as a provisional psychologist. She has been providing early intervention for children on the spectrum since 2004 and draws on her skills and current research to develop and implement individualised early intervention programs and strategies. Her full biography is available on our website.

With a focus on outcome, functionality, and practicality, Julie provides ABA therapy as part of a well-rounded intervention program that targets various aspects of the child’s daily life. Such as:

  • Behaviour management and cognitive development
  • Developing social skills and communication

About our early intervention:

We recognise the growing need for effective and well coordinated Early Intervention Services for children with an ASD and will focus on delivering individualised and outcome-focused programs for our clients in Sydney and Wollongong. This initiative will include the following:

  • Delivering individualised intervention programs and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapy in the clinic, home, and school settings;
  • Facilitating specialised workshops for parents, carers, siblings and families;
  • Facilitating “The Best of Friends” and other Quirky Kid programs.

Visit our Early Intervention page: https://childpsychologist.com.au/service/early-intervention.

If you would like more information about Quirky Kid Clinic, Julie Co, our Early Intervention Services or another enquiry, we would love to hear from you. Please call us on +61 2 9362 9297 or contact us.

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