Tag: Adolescent Behaviour

The Likes of Youth Kit

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

It gives us great pleasure to unveil our most recent youth–friendly resource.
The Likes of Youth is a Tool to Boost Social and Emotional Well–being for Adolescent Boys.

The Likes of Youth Kit is a set of 12 Picture Cards, 24 Questions Cards and a User Manual written by Child Psychologist, Kimberley O’Brien. The LoY Kit has been developed to help boys (10–16 years) through the often turbulent transition to young adulthood. With an emphasis on self-awareness and coping strategies. The Likes of You{th} Kit empowers young boys to improve their social and emotional well-being through collaborative activities and discussion.

Covering themes such as Authority and Rebellion, Motivation and Depression, Confidence and  participation, Freedom and Escape, Study stress and conflict, Girls, rumours and sexuality, Screen Addiction and boredom, Companionship and loyalty, Independence and Identity, Pa rents and Responsibility, Self-esteem and style, Gangs and aggression this resource is perfect to complement the practice of those working with young people.

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Cyberbullying Research

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Presented by senior researchers from the UTS Health Psychology Unit, this lecture unravels the facts about cyber bullying. It debunks media stereotypes of perpetrators and victims, lays bare its costs to individuals and communities and offers practical pathways for solutions and healing.
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This Material was possible due the generosity of UTSpeaks 

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Communicating with Adolescents @ Radio 4BC

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed strategies for communicating with your adolescent son with Peter Dick from Brisbane’s Radio 4BC. You can find more information on how to have a healthy relationship and facilitate conversation with your teenager by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

Listen to the story below.

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

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder show a pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typical of a child their age.

This pattern of behaviour must be observable both at home and at school. Children suffering from ADHD often fail to pay close attention to detail in their schoolwork or other tasks, and their work is often messy and completed in a hurry. They often find it hard to stick with tasks until they are finished, and may move quickly from one task to another. Children with ADHD often appear as if their mind is elsewhere, and that they are not listening to what is being said.

These children are often fidgety, and have difficulty staying seated at school or while at the dinner table or watching TV. They often have difficulty playing quietly and seem to talk excessively. Children suffering from ADHD are often impatient, and have difficulty waiting their turn. They may make comments out of turn, interrupt others, grab objects from others, fail to listen to instructions and generally disrupt others.

What should I look for?

  • Does your child make careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities?
  • Does your child have difficulty remaining interested in play activities or tasks?
  • Does your child appear not to listen when spoken to directly?
  • Does your child fail to follow through on instructions?
  • Does your child have difficulty organising tasks and activities?
  • Does your child avoid tasks that require sustained attention such as homework?
  • Is your child often forgetful?
  • Does your child often fidget or appear uncomfortable?
  • Does your child leave their seat in the classroom or where staying seated is expected?
  • Is your school-aged child “on the go” or  “driven by a motor”?
  • Does your child talk excessively?
  • Does your child blurt out answers before a question is completed?
  • Does your child often interrupt others?

What can the Quirky Kid Clinic do for my child?

The Quirky Kid Clinic is a unique place for children and adolescents aged 2-18 years. We work from the child’s perspective to help them find their own solutions.  If you suspect your child may be experiencing symptoms of ADHD you might consider one of the following options:

Reference:

American Psychiatric Association:Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

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Drug test @ News.com.au

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed the new portable drug test, hairconfirm with reporter Staff Writers from News.com.au. You can find out more information about trust, adolescent behaviour, drug testing, responsibility and adolescents parenting tips by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available on the Nine msn News website.

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

Visit our website for more information about our quirky kid clinic. For enjoying unbelievable offers and discounts on our therapeutic resources, visit our shop page.