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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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Interpreter Assistance

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) has announced that it will now pay the cost of interpreting services provided by the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) that may be required by clients funded by the Helping Children with Autism package. Access to interpreting services is critical for ensuring appropriate Early Intervention is given to clients of FaHCSIA funded services who speak little or no English.

The Quirky Kid team has extensive experience in working with multicultural communities. Visit our community pages for more information

Please contact us if you require early intervention with an interpreter assistance.

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Sensory Seeking

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Jacqui Olsson attended a workshop on Sensory Processing and its links with behaviour on Wednesday, 25th November 2009. This workshop examined the link between children’s behaviour, their ability to process sensory information and to understand their world and communicate, and provided loads of helpful strategies to assist children in play activities, staying calm and independently managing their own behaviour.

If you feel your child may have some sensory processing difficulties, you may consider the Sensory Profile to identify their sensory strengths and weaknesses.  Please contact us if you would like more information on managing your child’s behaviour.

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