Adolescent School Refusal


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

School can be both an exciting and a challenging experience. A young person’s experience of school is influenced by many factors, such as peer relationships, learning ability and family life. Problems in these areas can lead a young person to develop a negative experience of school. Actively avoiding school, either by not attending school or […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Regularly checking if the stove is turned off before leaving home or pressing the car alarm button two or three times just to make sure it is turned on are some of the behaviours most people  may display as part of everyday life. People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, however, experience these types of behaviours and […]

Managing Difficult Behaviour


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Children are more likely to behave the way we would like them to when we create an environment that reduces opportunities for challenging behaviour. This means an environment that is rich in age appropriate, stimulating experiences but also one that minimises “triggers” for challenging behaviours like tantrums, aggression and defiance. The most important part of […]

Precocious Puberty

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

While puberty is a normal and natural progression into sexual maturity, it is often a word that invokes memories, images and emotions of a time of change that for many adults was confusing, anxiety-provoking and embarrassing. While children most commonly enter puberty around the ages of 9-16 years for girls and 9-14 years for boys, […]

Social Exclusion at School


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Social exclusion in the school environment is increasingly being recognised as a form of relational aggression or bullying, in which a child is exposed to harm through the manipulation of their social relationships and status (Edith Cowan University, 2009). Social exclusion can take many forms, with children reporting a range of experiences from being deliberately […]

Technology Addiction and Young People.


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

It seems in today’s world children are born ‘digital’. From young toddlers to teens, children appear to have a knack of being able to navigate the world of technology, using a range of gadgets for enjoyment, social connection, education, communication and convenience. Technology is the vehicle through which children are taken on missions, through fantastical […]