Sudanese Community

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Workshop on Leadership and Governance - Sudanese Community

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Last night, I was honored to facilitate a workshop on leadership and governance for 12 incredible members of the Sudanese community in Mount Druit, on behalf of the Quirky Kid Clinic and STARTTS.

The Quirky Kid Clinic has been selected as a consultant organization for the Communities in Cultural Transition Project (CiCTP) which is  been operated by STARTTS. STARTTS is the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors .The CiCTP project aims to assist non-funded associations and groups from newly arrived small and emerging refugee communities to develop governance and leadership capacity.

My role with the Sudanese community will hopefully be continuous. They are an incredibly inspiring community with already great projects in existence including settlement assistance, relocation and new child support, language skills for they children and social activities for the community.

They goal now is to establish an incorporation, apply for funding, create a community shopping initiative and extend these projects to reach more people and consolidate this already vibrant, genuine and active community.

The Quirky Kid Clinic is committed to the local and international community by engaging in several community

development projects. Our community development projects are founded in a Human Rights framework,  a Social Justice philosophy and a Community Development approach. Visit our community pages for more information or navigate on our Tag’s for current information about our projects.


Creative Writing


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The Talents of a Creative WriterSomething exciting is occurring at the Quirky Clinic! We’ve engaged the talents of a Creative Writer –  Paris Herbert-Taylor. Paris is developing  content for the website and exploring new and thrilling avenues of social networking for the last 4 weeks here with us.

Paris is keen to reach out to the community and find out what issues are important to parents and children and open up a dialogue to keep information relevant.

Paris has worked with children of all ages in her role as an English teacher and mentor to children from various parts of Hong Kong and China. Her passion for mentoring and teaching often takes its outlet in the form of drama and public speaking, and she enjoys engaging with children and helping to build their self-confidence.

Look out for her posts on a variety of topics, and if you want to get in touch with her, or discuss a specific issue, feel free to contact her on the Quirky Kid Huddle forum site.

Her first post is on Kids Writing:
You can discuss with Paris at:

We have a variety of fact sheets and resources available to help you understand and learn more about parenting strategies, children and developmental mental health. We have carefully researched and developed this information and they are  available via fact sheets, video tutorial and podcasts – but we need you to join the conversation.


Autism Research Trial

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Monash University, in conjunction with the Brain & Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney are currently conducting research, evaluating a new treatment approach for people with Autism and Asperger’s Disorder that aims to improve social skills. This first study is for males aged between 12 and 18 with a mental age of 8 or above. This trial provides an assessment, involves the administration of a nasal spray form of natural hormone, Oxytocin, and examines whether this particular medication can improve social functioning and emotion perception.

For more information please contact the Brain & Mind Research Institute Centre for Autism/Asperger on  02 9351 0881 or email at

This study has University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee.



ACER and Quirky Kid

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 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.


Best of Friends @ St Catherine’s

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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.