We are proud to announce the publication of Kimberley O’Brien and Jane Mosco’s book chapter on Positive Parent-Child Relationships by Springer press. The book, Positive Relationships, was compiled by Dr. Sue Roffey.
Kimberley is our Principal Child Psychologist.
This highly accessible book takes a positive psychology approach to explore why healthy relationships are important for resilience, mental health and peaceful communities, how people learn relationships and what helps in developing the positive.
The abstract is as follow:
Practitioners working in child and family psychology typically hear about the challenges of problematic parent–child relationships. A positive psychology approach, however, identifies what is effective in fostering family resilience and facilitating optimal parent–child relationships (Suldo SM, Parent-Child Relationships. In Gilman R, Huebner ES, and Furlong MJ (eds) Handbook of positive psychology in schools. Routledge, New York, 2009).
Drawing on this perspective, this chapter summarises the literature, exploring different parenting styles and effective parenting strategies. We also outline changes in the parent–child relationship from birth through infancy, childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. We also consider the impact of alternative carers and cultural diversity with reference to mutually rewarding parent–child connections and increased child well-being.
We are proud to introduce our newest innovation – The Quirky Kid Tickets!Parents have been asking for and we are proud to introduce our effective behaviour management tool as recommended by Kimberley O’Brien, Child Psychologist.
Tickets are a complete reward system encouraging you and your child to work together to manage behaviour.
You start by setting clear, achievable goals together. Follow this up with lots of direct praise when you see your child achieve the goal. Finally, watch the surprise reward appear before your eyes as they scratch their Tickets to reveal fun and creative activities you can all share in.
‘Tickets’ is the latest resource to come from the creatives minds at the Quirky Kid Clinic. An inventive and cooperative tool for managing your child’s behaviour.
It is simple:
– Set a goal
– Give your child a ticket to acknowledge when the goal is achieved
– When your child collects enough tickets, he/she gets to scratch and win!
– Lastly, enjoy the fun and interactive reward activities together!
The Sunday Telegraph completed an article about our resource. You can read about it on The Telegraph online.
Visit the Quirky Kid Shoppe for more information on the Tickets and other unique Therapeutic and developmental resources for children and families.
We love therapeutic resources and go to great lengths to personally develop and produce our hand-packed kits. We are committed to providing parents and professionals around the world with creative and effective therapeutic tools that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.
We’ve opened the doors to our new Quirky Kid Clinic in Wollongong.
Located in the coastal village of Austinmer (10 minutes North of Wollongong), this unique therapeutic space offers children and families a range of services and resources also available in our Sydney office.
Local parents are already making use of our comprehensive assessment services and we will soon share our 2011/2012 Workshop Calendar incorporating many new initiatives for children and young people with an emphasis on positive psychology and community development programs.
With more than $40 000 invested in this state of the art clinical and creative space, we look forward to welcoming new clients, colleagues and organisations in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Sutherland Shire and beyond to a vibrant new beginning for Quirky Kid Wollongong.
The key services offered at Austinmer are:
– Psychometric Assessments (inc. Developmental, Educational and ASD)
– Individual Counselling, Sibling Groups and Family Intervention
– Therapeutic workshops (inc. Best of Friends and Why Worry?)
– Comprehensive services under the Helping Children with Autism Package
– Classroom Observations, Case Conferences and Consultancy
– Mentoring and Youth Work.
You can contact us on + 02 9362 9297 to find out more information or to make an appointment.}
The 13th annual National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) is taking place in Newcastle September 29 to October 3, 2011
NYWF is the country’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms: bloggers, poets, journalists, screenwriters, zine-writers and comics.
The festival gives emerging writers a chance to learn about the industry, while also offering a platform to voice your own thoughts and ideas, to be critical, be controversial and be creative.
With sixty panels, workshops, roundtables, performances and special events, a diverse range of artists including Lawrence Leung, Dominic Knight, Patrick O’Neil and editors from HarperCollins, Penguin, Meanjin and Overland, Saturday night’s Big Top Ball and the famous Spelling Bee showdown, NYWF is a writers’ festival like no other.
All NYWF events are free and no registration is required. For more information, go to the website.
This is a cross post from the The Australian Society of Authors Member Newsletter.
The Face It cards, published by Quirky Kid, was recently shortlisted for the Galley Club award 2011 printing aware under the category Non-standard Novelty book or stationary item.
The Galley award was held on the 22nd of July 2011 and celebrated excellence in book and magazine production.
This is a prestigious context often represented by stablished publishing companies like Allen & Unwin, Ramdon House, Pacific Magazines, Hachette Australia and Penguin Group. Quirky Kid feels incredibly proud to have made to this stage.
Ok, we did not win it… but if consolation is a good excuse, we lost for the non-standard item of the year.