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Children and Creativity

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Last month the Quirky Kid team and Pilot Pen collaborated by developing the ‘Pilot Pen Creativity Report’.

The report initiated discussion around the increase of computer use in classrooms as handwriting subsides and keyboard confidence continues to grow among school-aged children.

Watch a Video about the benefits of keeping a diary:

Our work involved reviewing independent scientific research to identify the benefits of handwriting and creative writing in children. The report revealed handwriting was a more effective for children in Year 2 as a means of expressing story ideas in a limited time frame, as compared to using keyboards for the same period of time. The children involved in this research were able to produce almost twice as many ideas using pen and paper as compared to computer technology.

You can view the research here.

Quirky Kid regularly offers consultation to organizations and  companies to support interesting projects with extensive research, clinical research and report writing.

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Angry Boys @ SMH

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, reviewed last week’s segment of Angry Boys (ABC) as suggested by SMH Media editor. You can read her review by visiting the SMH website.

You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum. You can also provide your own opinion on our Facebook page or Twitter at @quirky_kid

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time.

Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date.

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We’re Separating

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Yes, the Quirky Kid site and our online shop are separating!
We are very excited to introduce our new Therapeutic resources Shop – the Quirky Kid Shoppe. This specialist book and resources shop provides parents and professionals with unique therapeutic resources, including books, toys, games and cards for children, adolescents and families.

The New Shoppe Home Page

Quirky Kid New Shop

More than a Shop!

The new Quirky Kid Shoppe offer many advantages in relation to our old system and it is really easy to navigate. For example, you can find handpicked resources by the Quirky Kid Team. These resources will be changed and updated often.

Resources for Parent and Professionals

The Quirky Kid Shoppe will provide more than just resources. We will also comment, discuss and demonstrate new tool and approaches – simple visit our blog to see videos, interviews, photos, and instructions.

Below you can see an example of the grid pages view were parents or professionals can easily find resources. You can search by Issues, Resource Type or Target Age.

Shoppe Resources

Work in Progress

This major project involved a lot of work and dedication over the past 6 months and it comes as a response to many requests from parents and colleagues that often asked us about the resources and products used during therapeutic intervention and workshops at the Quirky Kid Clinic.

We still have some small details to go over, however, be sure that you will find new and interesting ideas here on the Quirky Kid Shoppe.

You can get access to the Quirky Kid Shop via: http://therapeuticresources.com.au} else {

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Language Development Research

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The  Child Language Lab at the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS), Macquarie University, is currently seeking children aged 2- to 2 1/2-year for a project examining language development. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

All studies are held at Macquarie University and parents will be requested to attend the center with their child  for a one-time session where play based activities are developed as part of the research.

Each participant will be provided with a $20 Coles/Myer card and a small gift.

According to the Child Language Lab, children do not speak like adults, and their research is aimed towards learning what kinds of changes typically developing children make to words. If they  can learn more about the kinds of difficulties  that typical children have with pronunciation, they hope to figure out the causes  associated with children with speech delays and inform better practices

If you are interested in taking part in the research you should contact:

Kelly Miles
Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)
Macquarie University
Email:   kelly.miles@mq.edu.au

Quirky Kid is not associated with the research and you should ask about ethical guidelines with the University

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Bullying @ SMH

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, bullying and violence reporter Glenda Kwek from the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).

You can read the article  by visiting the SMH online.

You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting  and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date. Visit our website for more information about our team and our clinic.

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