Recently , the Quirky Kid Clinic worked with school staff from Year 2 and Year 4 at St Thomas School in Sydney to facilitate the popular The Best of Friends workshop™ in the classroom setting.
This was 2-hour workshop for year 2 students was followed by a 8 weeks small group program and covered areas such as Making Friends, Social Skills, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking in friendships. Students participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and multimedia presentations while discussing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.
Each child was given a “Quirky Kid Tool Kit” including materials for the day as well as an information sheet for parents on how they can help their child build social skills.
Kimberley O’Brien returned to the school to complement the workshop with a teachers feedback and training as well as to present to parents and display the children achievements.
We are very satisfied with parental and school feedback on the positive outcomes the workshop had achieved so far. Parents where actively engaged in the program with pre and post surveys. This has helped to ensure we parent concerns were addressed.
St Thomas’ Principal and Teaching staff were incredible supportive and showed great commitment toward students social development.
If you would like some information on The Best of Friends™ workshop for your child’s classroom, please contact us.
A new volunteer position has also been added to the website. The focus of this position is to support resource and workshop marketing as well as other administrative aspects of the clinic. Please go to: https://childpsychologist.com.au/about-us/employment for more information
To celebrate the arrival of all our resources – for 10 days – we are offering free shipping on all Purchases of Quirky Kid Resources. If you have waited to buy our resources, now is the perfect time. Over 600 copies have been sold across Australia and overseas.
Our 2010/2011 Workshop Calendar was printed and posted!
After reviewing our most popular school-based and clinic programs like, “The Best of Friends” and “Why Worry?”, we added more motivational programs for high-achievers, such as “Power Up” and a new series for Mums and Bubs, exploring “The Inside Story” of infant development and healthy attachment.
The Quirky Kid Clinic, Cartoon Network and Torah Bright (Winter Olympic Gold Medalist) have collaborated on a project in the search for 10 Australian girls (aged 5-12 years) identified as positive roles models for tween girls, known as “The search for Gwen’s 10”.
Kimberley O’Brien, our Principal Child Psychologist and the Quirky Kid team played an important role in developing the survey questions and providing consultation in regard to the following tween qualities. Gwen’s 10 Tweens are:
If you feel you meet any or most of the characteristics above and want to be recognized as an example for other Australian tween girls, head to http://www.gwen10.com/ and complete the survey.
Together with a panel of experts including Editor of Total Girl Magazine, Amanda Nicholls, Kimberley O’Brien, Torah Bright and the ever-confident Gwen Tennysen (Ben 10) will inspire girls to stand up for themselves through Cartoon Network’s “Search for Gwen’s 10”.
The Quirky Kid Clinic works with organizations – small and large – providing support for the development of projects, programs and products. Find out more in our About us section on this website or meet some of our clients.
If you are from the media and would like to find out more about the campaign including some research findings, see: Gwens 10 Media release.