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Australian Youth Forum

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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.

Applications close on December 17th, 2010.

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Repetitive Behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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.

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Involve Conference 2010

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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.

Quirky kid Resources beeing displayed at Involve Conference in New Zeland

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.

If you would like to have Quirky kid at your next conference, please contact us.

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Employment Opportunity

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

We have just add  1 new employment opportunity, to our employment section. The position is:

  1. Developmental Psychologist (close Jan 30th)

Visit our employment pages for more information

The Quirky Kid Clinic is committed in providing clients with the highest standard of service delivery. Our clinical team is led by Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist. We work from the child’s perspective and provide practical solutions.

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Teen Cyberbullying Investigated

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic was recently asked to review a book on Cyberbullying.

“Teen Cyberbullying Investigated” written by author and judge, Tom Jacobs, presents a powerful collection of landmark court cases involving teens and charges of cyberbullying and cyberharassment.  Each chapter features a seminal cyberbullying case and resulting decision, asks readers whether they agree with the decision, and urges them to think about how the decision affects their lives. Chapters also include related cases, tips, important facts and statistics, and suggestions for further reading.

Kimberley’s review was included in the interior of the book and stated that “This book is at the forefront of cyberbullying literature. It has the capacity to inform school policy as parents, teachers, and principals race to find solutions for bullies and support for victims”.

To find out more about cyberbullying and other teen issues, visit Judge Tom Jacobs website, Ask the Judge.

Additional information regarding cyberbullying can also be found on our fact sheets.

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