Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, and Quirky Kid are proud to be invited to present during the 2012 Educador Congress.
The congress is the largest education event in Latin America and will gather more than 100 speakers to discuss the issue “Family, Society and School: where do we want to go?” Our theme will be: Practical Strategies for social, emotional and behaviour issues for children and adolescents, or in Portuguese: ‘Estratégias Práticas para solução de problemas sociais, emocionais e comportamentais em crianças e adolescentes’.
The event Combines different issues related to the educational universe such as Teacher Education, Childhood Education and the Early Years, Learning Difficulties and Interdisciplinary Education, Bullying, Limits and others.
Quirky Kid publishing will also showcase our resources to the local industry including our newts program. Power Up:Using performance psychology to compete at your best.
We will be touching base in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane between May and June 2012.
Designed for developmental psychologists, educators, social workers and human resources professionals, this workshop includes clinical case examples to illustrate how to use therapeutic resources to address a broad range of issues.
Presented by author, illustrator and developmental psychologist, Kimberley O’Brien, this workshop includes examples of visual recording techniques and resource applications to engage individuals, siblings, students and families.
More information and booking details are available by following the links below:
Recently, the Quirky Kid Clinic worked with school staff from Year 5 at Moriah College in Sydney to facilitate the popular ‘The Best of Friends’ in the classroom setting.
This 6 weeks program covered areas such as Making Friends, Social Skills, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking in friendships. Students participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and multimedia presentations while discussing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.
Each child was given a “Quirky Kid Tool Kit” including materials for the day as well as making use of the Quirky Kid Resources. Information sheet for parents were provided so they could also help their children to build social skills.
We are very satisfied with parental and school feedback on the positive outcomes the workshop has achieved so far.
Moriah Colleague Principal and Teaching staff were incredibly supportive and showed great commitment toward students social development.
If you would like some information on ‘The Best of Friends™ workshop for your child’s classroom, please contact us on 02 9362-9297
This program has been present in many schools around Sydney like, St Thomas,St Catherine’s School and others. We also run our workshops in in Sydney, Wollongong, and Melbourne.
Quirky Kid is delighted to be supporting the British Columbia Alternate Education Conference in Canada. For Quirky Kid, this is an exiting event worth telling you all!
The 2012 conference will be held January 19 & 20, 2012, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Gabor Maté will be the keynote speaker! His topic will be The Hungry Ghost: A Biospsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism. As well, he will present two other sessions, one on titled When the Body Says No on stress, and the other titled Scattered Minds on ADHD.
It was a pleasure to participate during the 2011 Educational & Developmental conference in Melbourne last month. A great incentive for us in attending to the conference was Professor Nancy Mather’s workshop. Professor Nancy is a special education expert from the University of Arizona specializing in learning disabilities diagnosis and intervention.
Kimberley O’Brien – who also presented during the conference – and our team have enjoyed the current research findings from colleagues around Australia.
More about our participation
Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist , presented on her PhD research topic on Social Inclusion, Self Esteem and Belonging For Students in Transition From Primary to Secondary School, that Kimberley is completing under the direction of Prof Helen Watt from Monash University.
About the conference
The Conference —Theory to Practice: Positive Development and Wellbeing, Educational and Developmental Psychology Conference 2011— is being hosted by the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists to promote a broad spectrum of research in the sector from psycho-social wellbeing through to learning, literacy and numeracy. The College is committed to evidence-based practice and to promoting the best research and latest developments in the field.
What this means for our clients?
The Quirky Kid Clinic is committed to professional development to deliver current and evidence-informed intervention to all our clients.
Over the last years, we have focused on the topic of Learning Disabilities and assessments and are now better equipped to identify and support children and families experiencing learning difficulties and disabilities.
Contact us on + 02 9362 9297 for more information about our assessments or to schedule a consultation.