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.
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.}