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ACER and Quirky Kid

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

 Partnership with ACER - Australian Council for Education and Research.During the last months of 2009, we were approached by the Australian Council for Education and Research (ACER) to discuss a distribution agreement for all Quirky Kid Resources. We are delighted to announce that we have formally formed a partnership with ACER to distribute our Quirky Kid Resources.

We are extremely proud to have our resources endorsed by a non-for-profit organization (NGO) that is committed to creating and distributing research-based knowledge, products and services to improve learning across the lifespan in both formal and informal settings.

Today, our resources are available through ACER’s catalogues, website and friendly sales consultants. The feedback we are receiving from the ACER team of consultants is extremely positive and encouraging.

We give ourselves a ‘pat on the back’ – well done Quirky Kid team!

Visit the ACER website to or order directly from us.

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Best of Friends @ St Catherine’s

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The Quirky Kid Clinic visited Year 2 at St Catherine’s School on Wednesday, 10th March to run the popular  Best of Friends workshop in the classroom setting.

This 2-hour workshop 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 and Jacqui Olsson returned to the school on April 24th 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.

If you would like some information on The Best of Friends™ workshop for your child’s classroom, please contact us.

We also run our Best of Friends workshop in the clinic setting, both in Sydney and Sydney and Melbourne.

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Infant Assessment @ Westmead Children’s Hospital

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien and Jacqui Olsson attended a training workshop on the assessment of infant and toddler development using the Bayley Scales on Monday, 8th March at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

The Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development (Bayley-III) are recognised as one of the most comprehensive tools to assess children as young as one month old, to approximately three and a half years old. The assessment covers five key areas of cognition, language, social-emotional functioning,  motor and adaptive behaviour.

The workshop was facilitated by Betty Hutchon, one of the world’s leading occupational therapists. She has been the national trainer for the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II since 1994 and has provided training, advice, and consultation to many research and clinical groups.

If you believe your infant or toddler may require a developmental assessment, please contact us to arrange an appointment.

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generationext @ MCA

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

At the end of 2008, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney commissioned one of our  Quirky Kid workshops to facilitate honest feedback from the youth committee in regards to their past experiences and expectations for future programs.

Now, The MCA is running its generation next series again. This series includes four after-hours, free of charge events for young people aged 12 to 18 years, and is linked to current MCA exhibitions. Generationext is supervised by MCA Learning staff and designed with input from the generation next Youth Committee, with a unique, ‘no teachers. no parents’ tag-line. Go and find out more about what the MCA, with the help of  Quirky Kid and the youth committee have created.

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AARE Conference

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Posted on by Dr. Kimberley O'Brien

I enjoyed my drive down to Canberra for the AARE Conference(Australian Association for Research in Education) to present my Ph.D. findings for the first time to the public at the National Convention Centre. For the initial two days, I was inspired by Assoc. Prof. Lesley Rex’s eloquent keynote address (Michigan University) and Prof. Martin Westwell (Cambridge/Oxford University) combination of English humour and intellect, as they both lead the audience on a fascinating exploration of directions in research and education in Australia and overseas.

The delegates were all very friendly and happy to share stories about their ventures in NT Indigenous communities (Dr. Wendy Giles) and those with similar research topics were eager to gather and share references or powerpoints to make the most of our commonalities – It was an enlightening experience!

After sufficient build-up, the time came to present my project to my new found colleagues…and thankfully, it was well-received. My Monash Supervisor, Assoc Prof. Helen Watt was in the audience for additional support but I managed to breeze through my explanations of graphs and stats without incident. I must say my return trip to Sydney through the flood plains on the outskirts of Canberra at sunset was filled with a combination of elation and relief.

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