We would like to welcome, Barbara Gonzalez to the Quirky Kid Team. In addition to crossing T’s and dotting I’s for the QK Website and Resources, Barbara is part of the creative team dedicated to developing new ideas for bringing practical and imaginative therapeutic resources to the public.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts (UNSW) she was employed by ABC TV where, for ten years, she worked primarily in the children’s television department. As scriptwriter for the popular children’s program, Play School, Barbara developed a strong understanding of the styles of communication that effectively engage children.
Barbara will play a fundamental role in the upcoming resources by Quirky Kid.
As one of our Social Development projects and commitment to both local and international communities, Leonardo Rocker represented the Quirky Kid Clinic for a 15 day community development project in New Delhi, India. This involved working with Burmese, Somali and Afghan refugees living in exile. The project was organized by the Centre for Refugee Research at the UNSW and the UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency.
More than 120 women and girls as well as 70 men attended the four-day gathering and while grateful for the asylum they receive in India, the refugees said they faced many challenges. “Our children can go to school but I fear for their safety as the local children tease them, laugh at them, make fun of their skin colour and clothes and sometimes even beat or harass them,” claimed a Somali mother, who fled her country five years ago (UNHCR, 2010).
See some photos of our trip to India:
Our dual role was to participate in the Consultation with Woman and Girls project as part of regional dialogues involving meetings with community leaders, documenting and researching human rights violations. Secondly, we worked closely with the Burmese refugee community by facilitating workshops to encourage regional solutions to local livelihood issues in view of developing funding proposals. Our intensive work served to support the refugee’s Community Based Organizations (CBO’s).
We were privileged to be part of such a great project, meet amazing people and in helping to fund-raising over $7000 for their projects.
Leonardo Rocker participated in this project as an Intern for the Centre for Refugee Research at the UNSW in Sydney. The Quirky Kid Clinic provides supervision for other refugee organizations, such as the Malaleuca Refugee Centre and we currently consults to STARTTS.}
The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, Minister for Youth, is calling for applications for membership of the 2011 Australian Youth Forum (AYF) Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee provides advice to the Office for Youth, DEEWR and the Minister for Youth on the implementation and future development of the AYF.
A position on the Steering Committee provides individual young people with an opportunity to contribute to the future direction of the AYF, gain an insight into the working of the government, promote the AYF at events and be involved in discussions that are important to young people.
If you are interested in applying for a position on the next AYF Committee please visit the AYF website for more Information and an Application Form.
Corina Vogler, Provisional Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic attended a workshop on Repetitive Behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at The Melbourne University, Victoria.
This workshop was presented by Professor Margot Prior, University of Melbourne and Ms. Josephine Barbaro, La Trobe University. The workshop explored the nature, type, and triggers of repetitive behaviours common to children with an ASD. This was followed by a discussion on how these behaviours can be managed, for the better development of the child and to reduce the impact on families.
Corina has since then presented the workshop to the Quirky Kid team as part of our knowledge management and knowledge sharing program.
If you feel that your child may be displaying repetitive behaviours or if you would like any further information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, please contact us, or visit our resources pages.
Corina Vogler and the Quirky Kid Clinic were recently invited to attended the Involve Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. The Involve conference organised by the NZAAHD aimed to enhance the skills of people who work with young people and to promote young people’s positive health and development.
Table of QK Resources
Whilst at the conference we had the privilege to observe many Maoir customs, such as the Pōwhiri (call of welcome from tribes) and were able to attend a number of sessions. The sessions informed us of the amazing and creative work that is being carried out in New Zealand, to support young people.
Additionally, Quirky Kid were provided with an opportunity to display our Therapeutic Resources. They were incredibly well received by many organizations who purchased our stocks out. This was another major step towards promoting and expanding our resources and we were delighted to see that the resources were received with great enthusiasm.
Young people in New Zealand are very dedicated to the future and well-being of their generation. We found it extremely inspiring to be a part of this conference, and are grateful for the hospitality that was shown to us.