The Best of Friends®

The Best of Friends ® (BoF) program gives children the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions.

The program includes a concise and engaging set of materials to facilitate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for children aged 7 to 11 years. The program was commended during the Educational Publishers Award (2015) shortlisted for the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards (2016) and a Winner at the Australian Book Industry Innovation Award (2016).

Conducted during 10 sessions in the clinic or school setting the program content is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and features:

  • Self-awareness and self-management 
  • Social awareness and social management

Developed by Educational and Developmental psychologist Dr. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team, the BoF program draws on decades of clinical and school-based experience and research, to help students overcome common social and emotional issues. Participants will learn how to:

  • Make and maintain positive friendships
  • Develop empathy and communication skills
  • Recognise, express and manage their own emotions
  • Negotiate and resolve conflict
  • Work independently and more cooperatively
  • Increase resilience and be assertive
  • Share ideas, appreciate diverse perspectives and
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills

Availability: how can my school or clinic use this program?

School worldwide can purchase the program. Quirky Kid offers training and ongoing supervision.
Head to the program website to register your interest or contact us at or +61 2 9362 9297.

How has the program been developed?

This social and emotional learning program has been developed in the clinical setting over a 15 year period by child psychologist Kimberley O’Brien and it is highly acclaimed by parents, teachers, health and educational professionals as a means of improving social skills and preventing conflict. It also incorporates extensive research through Monash University relating to the transition from primary to secondary school.

The program is offered in adaptable formats taking into consideration the participants skills and to best suits individual needs.

  • School Holidays
    • A single session of 3 hours.
  • Term Program 10 1-hour weekly session at a Quirky Kid clinic-based
  • School-Based (6 hours) by a Quirky Kid Facilitator
  • School Operated 

Evaluation and Monitoring

Each program is evaluated to ensure that it meets our strict learning outcomes. Recent research conducted with parents indicates that 70% of children attending a 2 to 4-hour program improved (overall) their social skills while 90% of parents identified, at least, one area of improvement. (n 147)