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Tickets – a tool to tame behaviour

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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.

The Quirky Kid Tickets - A Tool to Tame Behaviour

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.

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Quirky Kid Wollongong

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

A New Quirky Kid

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.

Child Psychologist in Wollongong - Our New Quirky Kid Clinic

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.}

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National Young Writers’ Festival

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

National Young Writers’ Festival

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.

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Face It – We nearly made it!

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

image of the face it card in a box

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.

We are committed in publishing unique and high quality resources for parents, professionals and children. Visit our online shop at: Http://TherapeuticResources.com.au

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Modern Families

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal Child Psychologist, was invited to attend to the ‘Hot Seat’  – burning issues & bid Ideas as part of the ABC-TV’s program hosted by the UNSW.

What it is about:

Modern technology is rearranging the possibilities for families and relationships. We can fertilise eggs in-vitro and buy sperm over the internet. People can have sex without any danger of having babies, and have babies without having sex.

Mother Families

Image of a family and children as part of a flyer promoting an event on mother families

Families can have a mum and dad, or one or the other, or two mums, or two dads. We ask what the “natural” family looks like, and how that should affect the family arrangements we recognise. We also ask what happens when a whole generation starts having children in non-traditional family units. How will the next generation of children turn out? What does it mean for the future of our society and our species.

PANELLISTS:

Professor Robert Brooks, UNSW evolutionary biologist
and author of Sex Genes and Rock ‘n Roll. Jane McCredie, writer, journalist, publisher, author of Making Girls and Boys, Inside the Science of Sex. Mrs Babette Francis, mother, writer and Endeavor Forum lobbyist. Dr Kimberley O’Brien, child psychologist, lecturer and media commentator.

WHERE: Ritchie Theatre, Scientia, UNSW (enter from Gate 11 Botany Street)

WHEN: Wednesday 14 September, 6.15-7.30pm RSVP essential (seating is limited): Register &

pre-submit questions at www.science.unsw.edu.au

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