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Working with Abusive Families

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien and Jacqui Olsson attended a seminar on Assessment and Treatment of Abusive families on Tuesday, 16th November 2009. The seminar was presented by Dr Chris Lennings, an expert who has been working in this field for over 30 years.

Topics covered in the seminar included an examination of the victims of abuse, the effects abuse has on the family, how to assess abuse, and providing treatment for both victims and perpetrators.

Kimberley O’Brien has extensive experience in this area, and is available as an expert witness. Please contact us if you would like more information.

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School Holiday Workshops

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

We have just announced new dates for our popular children’s workshops throughout the January school holidays.

The ‘Best of Friends’ workshop™ is focused on developing social skills, and will help to prepare children for playground politics in the new school year ahead. This workshop will be running on Tuesday, 12th January and Monday, 18th January for all ages.

Our ‘Why Worry’ workshop helps children manage feelings of stress and worry, and will benefit children who are anxious about making a transition in the new school year, such as changing teachers, classrooms or even changing schools. This workshop will be running on Wednesday, 13th January and Friday, 22nd January, for all ages.

We will also be running a study skills program to ensure students are well equipped with effective study techniques when entering a new grade. This workshop will be running as a 2 hour session on Wednesday, 20th January for cchildren aged 8+.

For more information please visit our workshops page or contact us. 

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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, Bebo.com, 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.

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Dyslexia Assessment

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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

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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.

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