National Cyberbullying Forum

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist,  attended the invitation-only National Cyberbullying Forum on Wednesday, 4th November 2009 as a consultant.

This event was hosted by the NSW Department of Education and Training and examined issues such as the prevalence of cyberbullying, the correlation between online and offline bullying and the shared characteristics of bullies and the people they bully, as well as hearing stories from students who have experienced cyberbullying first-hand.  Keynote speakers included cyberbullying experts Professor Donna Cross and Dr. Marilyn Campbell, as well as a panel of experts from a range of media such as Girlfriend Magazine,, NineMSN and Telstra. The event was covered by Channel 10 News.

You can find more information about cyberbullying on our resources page.

If you think your child may be experiencing cyberbullying and you would like to make an appointment, please contact us.


Dyslexia Assessment


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The Quirky Kid Clinic is now able to offer a comprehensive Dyslexia assessment using the Dyslexia Portfolio.

The Dyslexia Portfolio is made up of a series of nine short assessments that together provide a balance of information that may allow an individual to be identified as dyslexic and the extent of their dyslexia to be measured.

Parents will receive a report detailing their child’s scores and an interpretation of these, as well as practical strategies for the home and classroom to address their child’s specific needs.

The Dyslexia Portfolio is best conducted in conjunction with an IQ assessment such as the WISC-IV, as it looks for an unusual mismatch between the student’s level of general ability and their progress in acquiring literacy skills.

Find out more about dyslexia and about dyslexia  assessment process, or to book an assessment for your child please Contact Us


SPELD Conference 2009

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Jacqui Olsson attended the 2009 SPELD Conference on Wednesday, 7th October 2009.This year’s conference focused on Reading and Language difficulties, and guest speakers from Australia and Overseas presented on topics such as dyslexia and language impairment, methods of teaching vocabulary, improving the quality of students’ written texts, development and assessment of students’ spelling skills and managing disruptive behaviour. To learn more about these issues, please visit our resources page.

SPELD NSW is an association of parents and professionals interested and involved in advancing the education and general well-being of children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties or learning disability.

If you believe your child may be experiencing learning difficulties, please contact us  to arrange an appointment.


Frankfurt Book Fair


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Leonardo Rocker, the Quirky Kid Practice Manager,  will be attending the Frankfurt book fair, in Germany, from the 14th  to 18th of October 2009 as a trade visitor. This is a major step towards promoting and expanding our therapeutic resources.

We aim to promote our new therapeutic resources for children as well as explore new tendencies in print and digital media. We have already set several meetings with interested parties to explore rights acquisition and sale.

Our aim as a publishing house is to combine our clinical expertise with our innovations in effective therapeutic resources to ensure parents and teachers have the best materials to support children and adolescents. We also aim to share our services and environmentally sound resource packs to both developed and developing countries with ongoing support and communication (Our team love opportunities for remote travel!).

We aim to develop the most sought after and effective therapeutic resources in the world.


Transition Research in USA

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Posted on by Dr. Kimberley O'Brien

During a recent trip to New York (11-24th Sept 2009) I hired a car for the day and ventured 2 hours north to the University of Connecticut (UCONN) to meet with Dr Julie Aikins, an expert in the field of early adolescent friendships. Julie organized a forum for post graduate students and I presented my own PhD research on “Self Esteem and Social Relationships among Students in Transition from Primary to Secondary school”.

The outcome was an abundance of new ideas for the future direction of my thesis. Julie fearlessly devised a new model to further explore the impact of loneliness, self-esteem, belonging and friendship quality during school transition. She also suggested the introduction of  two (2) new variables:

  1. Stability of friendships
  2. Reciprocity of friendships

Once again I would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr Julie Aikin and her team of research assistants for their generosity and wisdom. UCONN is also a place I would highly recommend as a well-resourced and service-oriented university – The library and the library staff were phenomenal!

Now back in Sydney, I have returned to the ‘writing-up’ stage of my project, aiming for 80 000 words by mid- 2010 with ongoing support and guidance from my long-distance supervisor, the amazing Dr. Helen Watt at Monash University. Helen selflessly shared the art of connecting with international experts and it was well worth the effort.