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Media Wrap Up: Late 2017 – Current

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Latest Media Appearances, and Our Recent Interviews and Publications

We hope you enjoy this resource as an easy-access portal to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contributing to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.

November 2017 to Current 

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Dr Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.

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Quirky Kid @ the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Quirky Kid at Frankfurt Book Fair

Building on the success of our previous presentations at the Chinese Children Book Fair (2015) and the London Book Fair (2016), and with the support of the Australian Publishers Association; Quirky Kid is excited to attend the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair once again.

About the Frankfurt Book Fair

As the world’s largest trade fair for books, the Frankfurt Book Fair is an international hub of industry experts and is the most important marketplace for books, media, rights and licences in the world. This annual event sees representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world come together to:

  • Discover new trends and business areas.
  • Profit from the best opportunities for further learning, training, and networking.
  • Get to know decision makers from across the book, creative and technology industries.
  • Gain new inspiration, and tap into new target groups.

Quirky Kid in Action

We love broadening and strengthening our skill sets and learning more about publishing from leading industry experts. Our attendance at this event is a great way to spread the positive Quirky Kid messages, and promote our evidence-based therapeutic tools, such as The Best of Friends®, BaseCamp® and PowerUp™  to a wide audience.

Our resources are currently sold globally including in Canada, the USA and Singapore. Weare keen to expand their reach to more markets and improve more children’s lives through our engaging and innovative educational developmental programs.

Quirky Kid has many new resources under development and we are keen to create a big impact on the Social,  Emotional and Educational sector. You can find out more about The Quirky Kid Resources on our website or at our publishing page.

Meet with us, please use our contact page to get in touch with us.

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BaseCamp® is Here

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BaseCamp® anxiety program by Quirky Kid

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Kathryn Berry, and the Quirky Kid team, draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioral approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities. 

About Our Anxiety Program for Kids: BaseCamp®

Based in a fictional Australian National Park, Basecamp® takes children on a journey where they explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

The program provides parents, participants, and facilitators with a concise and engaging set of materials to help children and their families build a repertoire of anxiety management skills and to support the development of essential social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.

BaseCamp® comes with a range of resources to make it easy for facilitators to deliver the program. All participants receive the Basecamp® pack. The pack contains a workbook which includes  a range of psycho-educational resources to share the science behind behaviour with participants; direct instructional anxiety management techniques (including Cognitive Restructuring, Graded Exposure and Problem Solving); and activities designed to sustain and maintain treatment gains (eg. fieldwork tasks, performance feedback, rewards, home notes, etc.).

basecamp anxiety program for kids

The BaseCamp® program, including all the activities and information, is sequenced, explicit, focused and both evidence-informed and aligned to various elements of the Australian Curriculum’s social and personal capabilities. The result is a practical and efficient anxiety management resource that is beautiful to look at, highly engaging and easy to use.

Images of the Program Workbook and Resources

 

Register for the Term Programs

Basecamp® is available as a Term program at Quirky Kid or for use at your school and clinic after accreditation. Find out more and register.

Request More Information

If you would like more information about Basecamp please contact us on +61 2 9362 9297 or via our contact form.

 

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Service Update: Welcome Jackie Tritt

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Service update: Welcome Belinda Nixon and Michal Fisher.

I have recently joined the Quirky Kid team, based in Woollahra, as a Child Psychologist and Board Certified Behavioural Analyst.  I bring with me a range of child, adolescent and family clinical experience gained in Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. I completed my Masters of Applied Psychology in 2015, and my Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology in 2016 at the University of Waikato. In June 2016, I passed the Behaviour Analyst international exam and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). 

I have always loved working with children and their families and began my career as an Applied Behaviour Analyst (ABA) therapist in Auckland, New Zealand in 2002. I gained clinical experiences working with children from the age of 18-months old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I was promoted from a junior to senior therapist within 2 years and completed an 8-month work secondment in Al Ain, UAE. Following extensive travel adventures I returned to working with children with a development disability in 2009 as an Autism Advisor supporting families with a child recently diagnosed with an ASD.

From 2010 to 2013 I worked as a Senior ABA Therapist at The Lizard Centre. In this role I worked with children ranging in age from 18 months old to 10 years old with a developmental disability, I ran ESDM, VB-MAPP and functional behaviour assessments. I implemented individualized evidence-based early intervention programs, trained parents, junior therapists and education staff to implement challenging behaviour intervention plans and ran social skills groups. I gained immense satisfaction from being a part of the child’s developmental progress, improving relationships between the child and their family and supporting the child to transition to an educational placement.

More recently during my provisional psychology placement I worked with children and adolescents who experienced a range of psychological presentations including ASD, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, various Chromosomal abnormalities, Intellectual Disability, Anxiety, Depression, Traumatic Brain Injury and Developmental Disabilities.  My role included running functional behaviour assessments and psychometric assessments, and developing and implementing individualized evidence-based treatment interventions including ABA and ACT interventions. I presented staff training workshops in both educational and rehabilitation settings. Prior to starting with Quirky Kid I worked as a Psychologist and BCBA with Momentum Learning Services developing and implementing individualized evidence-based early intervention programs for children with a developmental disability, anxiety or emotional regulation concerns from the age of 2 to 16 years old.   

Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?

I have moved to the Quirky Kid team for both personal and professional reasons. Firstly, for personal reasons I am excited to be based in the clinic at Woollahra, and secondly, I am excited to be developing my clinical expertise working in a role where I can participate fully in both the early diagnosis of developmental disabilities, and the individualised treatment development and implementation of evidence-based interventions with a broad range of client presentations.   

What are my skills?

I am patient, kind, have a fun sense of humour and enjoy supporting children to exceed their potential. I enjoy taking the time to develop a strong therapeutic rapport with my clients and their families. I typically work within a cognitive-behavioural framework with extensive ABA and behavioural experience. I am a passionate advocator for early diagnosis and individualised early intervention programs for children in relation to a strengths and weaknesses based model.

What will my role at QK be?

My role as a Child Psychologist will be to provide assessments and individualised evidence-based interventions to children and their families at the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra. Consultations will typically involve the child, their parents and or carers.  I will work collaboratively with all stakeholder’s in the child’s support network including educational and or allied health professionals.  I will be involved in facilitating a range of Quirky kid group programs offered at the clinic.

I am incredibly excited about my new role at Quirky Kid and I look forward to meeting with you and working with you as a client or colleague in the future. Please feel free to contact our reception on 02 9362 9297 for any enquiries or further information.

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From Us: On the Road

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A New Approach to Work/life Balance - From Quirky Kid Stuff. and Mount Everest - Experience and Story

If you’re anything like me, you will have experienced the usual winter day-dream about waltzing out of the office, jumping in your car with a triumphant “WOO-HOO” and zooming, full throttle, into the sunset. Destination: sun and warmth. Well, amazingly, that’s exactly what I was doing about this time last year. My name’s Lisa and, if you haven’t already met me behind the desk at our Austi or Sydney clinic, I am Quirky Kid’s own in-house (well, sometimes out-house) Graphic Designer.

The thing is, when I started my university degree in Creative Arts/Graphic Design, I didn’t really consider the fact that I had resigned myself to a lifetime of office work, eyes blurry from such long sessions of screen time. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this profession (and wouldn’t swap it for anything!) but after three years of working from the office, I did begin to feel that itch. The itch to just get out there and experience the world. I know everyone feels this way eventually, it’s just how people deal with it that’s interesting! For instance, many people sate this desire by working non-stop, pooling together every dollar, then heading overseas on a six month travel binge… Only be then trudge back to the office, starting the saving process all over again! This approach to work/life balance works for lots of people, but never really appealed to me. I started brainstorming other ways to create this fabled balance…

Luckily at this stage of my life I wasn’t interested in foreign shores or icy slopes. In hindsight, I was probably just homesick. I wanted to be back in the tropics. Born and raised in Darwin, these southern winters leave me withered in mind, body and spirit. But there was an answer: buy a van and get on the road towards home. “You’re dreaming!” I hear you say. “How will you afford it?” I hear my mother say. Well, I approached the big boss with this idea who, being a seasoned traveller himself (and luckily very modern in his thinking) very kindly agreed to keep me on while I made this happen. So there you have it. I was about to start working on the road: logging in where I can, attending meetings via skype, regular phone catch-ups, uploading files to our cloud. The technology is there, so why not use it?

I began the trip having no idea how much this new found freedom and space would spark my creativity! I’ve read countless ‘feel-good’ articles about how nature and being out of your comfort zone can have positive effects on your mind’s ability to think in different ways, but never truly believed it. The last few chapters of our latest production (BaseCamp) for example, are two of my favourite chapters of the book – But because I like the work? Or because the work is tied to memories of being out on the balcony looking over the rainforest of far north Queensland? Who knows! Time to do it again, I think!

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