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Managing Children Anxiety About COVID-19

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Posted on by Zoe Barnes

Managing children anxiety about Covid-19

As the international impact of the COVID-19 virus continues to increase, news about the virus dominates the media, and has entered family discussions and classroom conversations throughout our global communities. Parents and educators are sharing best-practice information on how to manage children’s anxiety about COVID-19.

While families grapple with changes to their daily work and school routines, an increasing number of children are feeling uncertain and anxious about the future. Similarly, many parents and educators may be left wondering how to best support the children in their lives around their anxiety. So, what can parents do in the face of  COVID-19 worries?

Top Tips for Parents to help manage children anxiety about COVID-19

The exact information you provide your child about the Coronavirus is dependent upon their age, and your family’s experiences. However, some general tips to support your children include:

  • Offer alternatives to speaking. Some children may find it difficult to articulate how they are feeling. Play-based activities such as ‘messy play’ (eg; slime, playdough, water-play) and art tasks (eg; drawing and painting) may help children express themselves and process how they are feeling. If you have any concerns, schedule a telephone or Zoom call with a psychologist at Quirky Kid.
  • Keep routines in place. Routines are essential for children to grow and develop typically. In the event of enforced changes to school and work routines, implement an adapted daily routine within your household (i.e. regular self-care, chores, homework). Include fun and stimulating activities, as permitted by health regulations. Some ideas include: baking, family games and outdoor play. Frame changes to routine in a positive way.
  • Recognise and manage your own feelings. Children are highly attuned to the responses and feelings of adults around them. Remain calm when speaking to your children and others about the virus, and model calm behaviour in implementing prevention efforts (including hygiene practices or other changes to routine). Ensure you identify any signs of trauma.
  • Find out what information your child already knows. For school aged children, gently ask what they have heard about the Coronavirus. Offer them an opportunity to discuss any concerns, and calmly correct any misconceptions they may have. To avoid unnecessary anxiety in young children, you may not wish to raise the topic with them directly. Instead, listen carefully for any worries they may raise, or references they make to the virus. Offer reassurance and calmly correct any false beliefs.
  • Provide children with the information they need to know.
    Be honest and accurate in the information you provide and answer any questions they may have. Do not dismiss any questions or concerns they raise. Inform your children calmly and reassuringly about any changes to hygiene practices or school and home routines, this will help in managing children anxiety about Covid-19. and prevent children from gathering inaccurate information elsewhere.
  • Make yourself available to spend quality time with your children. This helps to reinforce that they are safe and offers them ample opportunities to speak to you about how they are feeling.
  • Limit exposure to media. Non- age-appropriate information may increase anxiety and confusion, especially in young children.
  • Positively encourage hygiene practices. Prompt your children to engage in positive hygiene practices calmly and positively. Where possible, make it fun and enjoyable for your children (eg; timing hand washing routine to a popular song).

Seeking Support

If you would like further advice about how to support in managing children anxiety about Covid-19, or you are concerned about how your child is coping, it may be helpful to seek some professional support. Quirky Kid has well-established telehealth options to allow us to continue to provide services for our clients.  To schedule an appointment with a Quirky Kid Psychologist visit our website.

Quirky Kid has in place the following services to held Manage children anxiety about Covid-19:

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Please note: As the information and advice about COVID-19 are rapidly changing, some information contained in the article above may no longer be current.

References
Australian Psychological Society. (2020). Tips for Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety. (Retrieval date: 16th March 2020).

National Association of School Psychologists. (2020). Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource.
(Retrieval date: 16th March 2020).

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Basecamp @ St Monica’s Primary School – Evatt

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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We are excited to welcome St Monica’s Primary School to the Quirky Kid clinic as a program facilitator of our award-winning anxiety Program, Basecamp®. St Monica’s Primary School, located in Evatt, ACT, is just one of the schools we are currently working with to provide Basecamp® to their students.

Basecamp® is an innovative anxiety program designed for children between the ages of 7 to 12. Developed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Kathryn Berry, and the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities. Winner of multiple International and Australian publishing awards, Basecamp® is being implemented by clinics and schools across Australia to assist children in learning how to manage anxiety.

About St Monica’s Primary School

St Monica’s Primary School is a Catholic learning community for children in grades K-6. At St Monica’s, their mission is to provide strong educational programs to enable children to reach their full potential. We were impressed by their commitment to providing innovative social-emotional learning education, making the most of technology, and looking to provide holistic support for children and their families.

How  Basecamp® will be implemented

Dr Kathryn Berry and our team of psychologists will work carefully with St Monica’s Primary School to implement the Basecamp®  program. Key to the success of the program is ensuring that all facilitators are provided with comprehensive training and guided implementation to their students. Evaluation and monitoring tools will also be used to ensure the outcomes of the program are met and to develop ongoing individual intervention students anxiety.

Interested in offering Basecamp® at your school?

St Monica’s Primary School is one of a number of schools we are currently working with to implement our Basecamp®  program. With St Monica’s and other incredible schools onboard, Basecamp® is recognised as a cost-effective, evidence-based intervention to assist children with managing their anxiety.

We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe. Just last week Basecamp received a Highly Commended mention at the 2018 Education Publishing Awards.

Contact Us or visit the program website to find out more about the program, and how you can meet and develop the needs of your students through The Basecamp®  program.

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Basecamp is Highly Commended at the 25th EPAA

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Preparing Young People for Greatness

Last night Quirky Kid attended the 25th Educational Publishing Awards of Australia at the Melbourne Arts Centre. Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by the Copyright Agency, the awards brought together more than 200 educators and publishers to celebrate some of Australia’s best educational materials for students across the country.

We are so proud to announce our innovative Anxiety program, Basecamp®, received Highly Commended mention under the ‘Primary Student Resource in the Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages resources.

 

Basecamp was Highly Commended at the Educational Publishing Awards 2018

Basecamp® also won The Best Designed Educational Resource at the 66th Book Design Awards at the and the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018

About the Award

The Awards recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry. Keynote speaker of the evening, Shelly Ware, a TV presenter and primary school teacher, noted that

“Good educational resources engage students. Teachers fully rely on them, and they are a part of the big picture to inspire students to have a lifelong passion to read and learn,”

and that as a teacher she looks for

“good quality, interesting, children-friendly texts – they’re vital for the classroom”.

Shelly’s speech was inspiring and a reminder about how important what we do is.

About the Quirky Kid

Quirky Kid is committed to producing evidence-based resources for children, designed to be bright, engaging, and child-centered. By continuing to develop these resources, we are able to assist children in their families in our clinics, their schools and their communities to the highest standard.

About Basecamp®

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

  • Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards ( Educational Initiative Awards) and
  • Winner of The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the 66th Australian Book Designer Awards this resource is accomplishing great outcomes.
  • BaseCamp® was also shortlisted for the second award in London – Educational Resources Awards.

Start Using BaseCamp® Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

Basecamp® is incredible. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

Contact us Today to start using BaseCamp®.

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Basecamp Shortlisted @ Educational Publishing Awards 2018

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Basecamp, anxiety program for kids is shot-listed for London Book Fair International excellence Awards

Yesterday we received the fantastic news that Basecamp ®, our already multi-award-winning  Anxiety program for young people was shortlisted for The 25th Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Basecamp® was shortlisted under the Best Primary  Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages along with resources from R.I.C. Publications
And Oxford University Press.

Organised by the Australian Publishers Association and sponsored by Copyright Agency, the prestigious EPAAs recognise excellence and innovation within the educational publishing industry.

This year’s entries were of a high standard and were a testament to the tremendous effort that goes into creating educational resources for Australian educators and students.

Chief Judge Angela Carbone said the entries were “exceptionally high and innovative, and the decision was not easy to make”.  In total, 117 entries were received so we would like to thank those who submitted their titles for consideration.

About Basecamp®

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards ( Educational Initiative Awards) and Winner of The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the 66th Australian Book Designer Awards this resource is accomplishing great outcomes.

BaseCamp® was also shortlisted for the second award in London – Educational Resources Awards.

Start Using BaseCamp® Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

We feel that Basecamp® is incredible. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

Find out more at https://basecamp.quirkykid.com.au

Contact us Today.

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Basecamp® wins at The 66th Book Designer Awards

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

On Friday evening we were thrilled to take home the Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the Australian Book Designer Awards for BaseCamp®.

The awards celebrate Australia’s bravest and brightest works in over 16 categories. With 355 entries, we were honoured to be recognised alongside other beautiful books published throughout Australia last year. We had a wonderful evening getting to learn, share ideas, and mingle with some of Australia’s top publishers and designers.

The Judges commented that Basecamp® was:

“a really wonderful example of what a book in this category can be” – “fun, engaging and sophisticated while still being accessible”.

The Judges also loved the amazing design concept commenting that the:

“strong, considered use of colour and typography the textured vector illustrations and the interactive elements” gave it an edge, “making it a book that I think children will want to return to again and again”.

 

The panel of 7 Judges consisted of prestigious designers and publishers, who carefully judged submissions through two rounds. After viewing submission digitally and creating a long list, Judges viewed entries ‘in the flesh’ to create a short list of finalists. The other amazing titles shortlisted in our category were:

  • Nelson Product Design & Technology VCE 4e
    Designer: Jennai Lee Fai
    Publisher: Cengage
  • Tapis Volant 1 Student Book 4th edition
    Designer: Cover Design: Studio Pounce, Creative & Cover Art Direction: Danielle Maccarone
    Publisher: Cengage
  • The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob
    Designer: Aṡka
    Publisher: CAASTRO – Arc Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics

We loved meeting the Designers and Publishers of these books and were impressed by how beautiful and informative the books of our fellow shortlisted titles were. We were honoured to be shortlisted for these amazing titles and delighted to take out the award when the standard of entries was so high.

About Basecamp

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards for the Educational Initiative Awards and also shortlisted for the Educational Resources Awards also in London, Basecamp® is impressing judges and parents worldwide.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

We are really proud to add The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the Australian Book Designer Awards as one of our achievements

Start Using BaseCamp Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

We feel that Basecamp® is an incredible artwork. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

Visit the program website

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