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Little Charley Bear @ ABC2

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Recently, ABC2 and Quirky Kid worked together to review the New Little Charley Bear TV program showing on ABC2

This adorable new show features a creative and playful teddy bear called Charley under the watchful eye of his friend, the Narrator – voiced by Gavin & Stacey Star, James Corden.

Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic says “From a psychological perspective, “Little Charlie Bear” encourages young children to engage in imaginative play, with an emphasis on role play, dress ups and drama. This not only nurtures self-confidence and creativity, it provides toddlers and pre-schoolers with the opportunity to test out different scenarios in the process of play. Like other interactive programs, “Little Charley Bear” is a catalyst for active rather than passive entertainment, giving parents and children a chance to be part of the action in the lounge room. What better way to exercise the imagination and learn new skills”.

You can visit the show’s website here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/little-charley-bear/

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Youth Participation Grant

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Youth Participation Grant 211
The Youth Participation Grants Program is an initiative which aims to encourage young people to more actively participate in their community through the creation and implementation of community-based youth-led projects.

The aim of the Program is to give young people the power and resources to develop and implement community-based projects in their local area.
Grants will be awarded to young people that can demonstrate that:·

  • Their project benefits the community in some way·
  • The idea for the project has come from young people·
  • The application has been created by young people·
  • Their project will increase community interaction If you are a young person aged between 9 – 18 years AND you live in NSW you can apply for up to $3300 for your project!

Applications close Sunday 10th April 2011 For more information and to apply visit: www.yapa.org.au/yapa/ypgp Or contact the Youth Participation Project Officer at the Youth Action and Policy Association (YAPA) on (02) 9281 5522 or ypp@yapa.org.au

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Quirky Kid Resources Review

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Our colleagues to ACER have recently requested for user’s reviews of the Quirky Kid Resources. The outcome has just bee published at the ACER Interact Website. A diverse range of professionals and user  were involved during this review process and included professionals like Dr. Sue Roffey, Canadian Social Worker Roz Wall, Parent Lee-Ann Tait, and Well Being Teacher Meg Wright.

Visit: https://shop.acer.edu.au/quirky-kid-resources to read the reviews.

User’s Reviews of the Quirky Kid Resources

You can see ACER’s announcement about Quirky Kid Resources below:

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is proud to announce a formal distribution partnership with Quirky Kid Resources. ACER has recently acquired the rights to distribute the beautiful range of cards and other resources that have been designed and published by the Quirky Kid team.

Eirini Lammi, ACER psychology consultant was extremely impressed with the uniqueness of the Quirky Kid Resources and the instant appeal they have with people working with children and adolescents in schools, health services and the wider community.

The value of these cards is in the exceptional care and thought taken to capture a practical and distinctive range of feelings and emotions that will have instant appeal to children and adolescents. Each card is powerful and thought provoking that will stimulate discussion and conversation.

These resources are certainly one of a kind. Nothing on the market comes close to the value of these resources in working with children and adolescents. Recent customer comments from an ACER Institute Seminar include, “these cards are beautiful” and “I’ve never seen anything like them.”

You con order our resources online at https://childpsychologist.com.au/shop or directly with ACER

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A Super addition

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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.

Welcome Barbara

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Refugees in India

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Refugee Research in India - Centre for Refugee Research

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.

You can find more about the dialogues by visiting the UNHCR website.

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.}

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