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Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children

ODD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a disorder presenting in children who have difficulties controlling both their emotions and behaviour. ODD is characterised by challenging behaviour, particularly towards adults and those in authority. Children with this diagnosis may: Be easily annoyed, become angry quickly or seem irritable  Have frequent temper tantrums Argue with adults (particularly […]

Homework with teens

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The word ‘homework’ for many teenagers and their parents evokes feelings of dread, frustration and sheer agony. While most teens and parents understand the reasons for being given homework, namely to help develop sound study habits, to foster learning outside the school environment, consolidate the learning undertaken in class and foster independence and responsibility, homework […]

Grief and Loss at Christmas

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Posted on by Dr. Kimberley O'Brien

Managing Grief and Loss at Christmas

While Christmas is a time of excitement and joy for many – others would prefer to sleep through a family gatherings, avoiding triggers of grief following a particularly painful year. People grieve for different reasons – the loss of a grandparent, the loss of a business, a string of miscarriages or a recent divorce. Christmas […]

Feisty Young Girls

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

  Some girls are feisty from the get go, from fussy babies to tantruming toddlers. The pre teen or “tween” years though, can be the time which parents find most confounding. At this time parents can struggle with everything from girls (and boys) becoming increasingly defiant to the ‘sexualisation’ of young girls and navigating increasingly […]