Research Study 2018 – The Best of Friends Program


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Research Study - The Best of Friends Program

The Quirky Kid Clinic and The University of Wollongong are proud to announce a new research collaboration testing the life-changing potential of clinic-based and school-based social and emotional learning programs. The research study will evaluate the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program in building children’s social and emotional competencies.

Term 2 Intake Update

Term 2 sessions are now available in Nowra, Wollongong and Austinmer. The session will start on Thursdays 3rd of May starting at 4:15 or 4:30 pm. Applications close 5th of March – hurry.

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How will the study run?

Parents and children are invited to apply. The study will involve weekly one-hour group sessions, taking place over the course of ten weeks. Sessions will be delivered by trained facilitators and will cover topics around self-awareness and self-management, social awareness, and social management. The weekly sessions will be available in Sydney, Austinmer and at the Early Start Centre at the University of Wollongong.

How does my child take part?

We are currently recruiting children between the ages of 7-11 years, who are typically-developing, and who struggle to make or maintain friendships, manage social situations and regulate their emotions are eligible to take part in this study. To apply and receive the complete Parent Information Sheet please please visit apply at or call us for more information.

Children who meet the selection criteria, and who have parental consent, will be randomly allocated (like drawing a number out of a hat) to either an intervention or a control group, and parents will be contacted with further information.

Who has approved it?

This study has been granted ethics approval by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee with approval number ‘HREC/17/SCHN/331’.

Please call us for more information  and to find out more about participating in the research.


2 Responses to “Research Study 2018 – The Best of Friends Program”

November 10, 2017 at 8:56 pm, Jodi Vuat said:

Is there any chance of participating in this from Melbourne??

Jodi Vuat


December 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm, Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff) said:

Hi Jodi, the research is only available in NSW, however, you can attend a program in Melbourne. Please visit for more information.


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