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Research Study 2018 – The Best of Friends Program

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The Quirky Kid Clinic and The University of Wollongong are proud to announce a new research collaboration testing the life-changing potential of clinic-based and school-based social and emotional learning programs. The research study will evaluate the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program in building children’s social and emotional competencies.

How will the study run?

Parents and children are invited to apply. The study will involve weekly one-hour group sessions, taking place over the course of ten weeks. Sessions will be delivered by trained facilitators and will cover topics around self-awareness and self-management, social awareness, and social management. The weekly sessions will be available in Sydney, Austinmer and at the Early Start Centre at the University of Wollongong.

How does my child take part?

We are currently recruiting children between the ages of 7-11 years, who are typically-developing, and who struggle to make or maintain friendships, manage social situations and regulate their emotions are eligible to take part in this study. To apply and receive the complete Parent Information Sheet please please visit apply at http://bof.quirkykid.com.au/research or call us for more information.

Children who meet the selection criteria, and who have parental consent, will be randomly allocated (like drawing a number out of a hat) to either an intervention or a control group, and parents will be contacted with further information.

Who has approved it?

This study has been granted ethics approval by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee with approval number ‘HREC/17/SCHN/331’.

Dates:

The various session will be made available during Term 1 and Term 2 2018. Below are the initial dates.

  • Quirky Kid Sydney
    Group for Ages 7 to 8 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 1 of February at 4:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
    Group for Ages 9 to 11 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 1 of February at 5:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
  • Quirky Kid Austinmer
    Group for Ages 7 to 8 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 1 of February at 4:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
    Group for Ages 9 to 11 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 1 of February at 5:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
  • Early Start Centre – University of Wollongong
    Group for Ages 7 to 8 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 8 of February at 4:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
    Group for Ages 9 to 11 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 8 of February at 5:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.

Please call us for more information  and to find out more about participating in the research.

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Kids Inspired and BoF

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Posted on by Michal Fisher (Quirky Kid Staff)

We are proud to announce that Kids Inspired has just confirmed they will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program during 2017 at their wellbeing centre in Kirrawee. Clients from Kirrawee and surrounding areas will now be able to benefit from this engaging and effective Social and Emotional Program.

“At Kids Inspired we are passionate about providing children with opportunities to develop skills that will enable them to face difficult situations throughout life, managing their emotions in healthy and helpful ways, and drawing on interpersonal effectiveness skills to engage positively with those around them. The concept of Kids Inspired is built on providing skills development through fun and engaging group work programs. Imparting knowledge and tools, whilst in a supported peer/social setting.” ‘The Best of Friends’™ program ticks all the boxes.

Their enrollment continues to set a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

Dates for 2017 workshops are available here.

About Kids Inspired

Principal Psychologist, Deni Fowle, has over 15 years experience working with children, adolescents and young people.

After working for many years in Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health, through NSW Health and Dept. Juvenile Justice, Deni first set up the private practice in January 2011.

Deni is excited to be expanding the practice in 2017, to work collaboratively with clinicians from the fields of allied health, holistic and natural therapies, to offer a unique variety of programs to children, young people and their families.

Social and Emotional Learning

Equally with their commitment to providing consistent and effective services to young clients and their families, Kids Inspired has demonstrated clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of their clients.

About The Best of Friends and the School

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologist Dr. Kimberley O’Brien and our team. Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

The Best of Friend is a Social and Emotional Learning program developed by The Quirky Kid Clinic. Find our more.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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Holiday Workshops: We’re ready!

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Posted on by Emily Wright

The holidays are nearly upon us and that’s great fun!

We offer group workshops designed to help children make and manage friendships, communicate better, overcome anxiety and perform at their best.

Our workshops have been creatively developed by Dr. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team over 16 years in the Child and Family field. We strive for innovation (winning local and international awards in Innovation) to make sure our programs are inspiring, practical and effective for small groups in the clinic setting or demonstrative for large audiences in an auditorium. Quirky Kid workshops draw on our micro-skills in working with children combined with current research and practices in Australia, the USA and UK.

The Best of Friends

The Best of Friends® 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.

Why Worry?

The Why Worry workshop helps anxious children aged 5 to 13 years to manage their own symptoms of stress and worry at home & school. Participants learn to identify personal triggers for anxiety and practice coping strategies to reduce any impact on the individual or family. By exploring solutions through play-based activities, participants learn to understand and appreciate anxiety in a fun, non-threatening setting.

  • Register for Why Worry? workshop this school holidays!

 Power Up!

This program is designed for children and young people aged 10 to 15 years who are (or want to be) involved in sports, music, performance or academics in a competitive way. Power Up! gives children the power to build self-confidence; cope with the pressures of competition; overcome self-doubt and negative self-talk; set goals and make plans to achieve them; maximise performance in any chosen field.

  • Find a Power Up! workshop near you this school holidays!

How to Register

Sessions for all of these workshops are available in our Sydney and Wollongong clinics. Places are limited so get in quick!

Stay in the loop! Join our mailing list to be notified of the dates of the upcoming workshops.

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LEAP for Kids and BoF

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Posted on by Michal Fisher (Quirky Kid Staff)

We are proud to announce that Emma Cooney will be implementing ‘The Best of Friends’™ program in 2017 at her private practice LEAP for Kids in Kew, Victoria. Clients from Kew and surrounding areas will be able to benefit from this engaging and effective Social and Emotional Program.

“Emma has worked with children and adolescents in educational settings within both the public and private sector for 20 years. She is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology programs and interventions that make a difference to the education, health and wellbeing of young people.” 

LEAP for Kids’ enrollment continues to set a landmark moment for us at Quirky Kid as we continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative and effective programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe.

Dates for 2017 workshops are available here.

About LEAP for Kids

Leap for Kids is a practice offering psychological services to school aged children from Kindergarten to Year 12 and their families. LEAP for Kids provides a range of programs to ensure that there is a pathway for growth for every child and their family. Equally, with her commitment to providing consistent and effective services to young clients and their families, Emma Cooney has demonstrated a clear commitment to the Social and Emotional Learning of her clients.

About The Best of Friends and the School

The implementation of The Best of Friends™ will take place progressively and will be closely supported by the program author and our Educational Developmental Psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien and our team. Participants will receive a copy of the exclusive workbook developed by Quirky Kid. Facilitators will have access to a series of manuals and regular supervision as and when required.

Interested in offering ‘The Best of Friends™’ program at your school?

Currently, the program is available to a limited number of schools and organisations. The BoF program has a comprehensive implementation, evaluation and monitoring plan and we are keen to identify partners committed to SEL implementation and evaluation.

Schools can choose from a target (small group) or universal (classroom) format. We will provide all the implementation assistance required, including training, supervision and support for key staff members.

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Curb Bullying with these Social and Emotional Learning Skills

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Bullying in schools has become a nationwide concern, with many anti-bullying practices being implemented in every state. Social and emotional learning  (SEL) can provide an effective foundation for reducing bullying in schools. Practicing SEL skills will create a school environment that fosters positive interactions. Here are four characteristics of SEL, that aim to curb bullying in schools:

1. Open, supportive relationships between students and teachers.

Open communication between students and teachers presents an opportunity for students to learn positive conflict resolution techniques. These techniques allow students to resolve problems before they escalate into fully fledged bullying.

2. Solid communication between schools and families. 

Families need to be involved with their child’s school. When a parent is actively engaged in what happens to their child at school on a daily basis, they can help teach positive behaviour and reinforce messages from the teachers. Working as a team with the child’s school, ensures that the same positive messages are being taught on a variety of levels and in a variety of environments.

3. Emphasis on respect and tolerance. 

SEL requires school policies that highlight respect for peers, acceptance and appreciation of everyone’s differences. A school community in which students understand and embrace differences is a place where positive behaviour will thrive.

4. Teaching skills that allow kids to recognise and handle emotions, and engage in caring peer relationships. 

In addition to school policies requiring respect and tolerance, students must be taught how to engage in positive social interactions and develop caring peer relationships with one another. Teaching students how to express and handle emotions positively will support responsible decision-making and avoid negative scenarios that could escalate into bullying.

SEL skills arm students with the ability to handle their emotions in a positive way that results in enhanced social problem solving, supportive attitudes toward others, and overall academic success. Social and emotional learning provides students with many benefits that enhance the school community as a whole, creating a caring and nurturing environment in which bullying has no place.

Quirky Kid has also recently published a comprehensive SEL program called The Best of Friends. Find out more about it online. Equip your child with some of our therapeutic resources such as the Quirky Kid ‘Face It’ cards, which are designed to increase emotional awareness. Most importantly, please feel free to contact us to learn more about the benefits of social and emotional learning.

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