Tag: Child Anxiety

School Experiences @ Voyeur Magazine

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed changes in the school experience across generations with Lottie Barr from Voyeur, Virgin Blue’s in-flight magazine. You can find more information on the changes in schools over time, study pressure and performance anxiety, by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

View the full article. Go to page 30

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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Generalised Anxiety Disorder

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Children with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) experience high levels of anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities, and find it difficult to control these worries.  They may worry about as punctuality, school performance or catastrophic events such as earthquakes. The intensity, duration or frequency of the child’s worries is far out of proportion to the actual likelihood of what they fear.  In addition to their worries, these children often experience restlessness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and disturbed sleep. Children with GAD typically seek approval excessively and require constant reassurance about their performance and their other worries.

What should I look for?

  • Does your child have excessive anxiety or worry about a number of events or activities?
  • Does your child find it difficult to control their worries?
  • Does your child appear restless or ‘on edge’?
  • Is your child easily fatigued?
  • Does your child have difficulty concentrating?
  • Does your child appear irritable?
  • Does your child appear tense?
  • Does your child have difficulty falling or staying asleep?
  • Does your child have restless and unsatisfying sleep?

Recommended Resources:

The Quirky Kid Shoppe has select useful resources for parenting and children experiencing Separation Anxiety and others forms of Anxiety.

Recommended Resources for Anxiety

How can the Quirky Kid Clinic help your 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 Generalised Anxiety Disorder 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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Separation Anxiety

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Separation Anxiety in children is characterized by a extreme level of anxiety when the child is separated from their home, family members and parents. Children displaying signs of Separation Anxiety often become homesick, do not want to attend school, avoid visiting friends houses or may not be able to enter a room on their own. In addition, children can have difficult around bedtime and may insist that someone stay with them until they are asleep. Another characteristic is psychical pains like, stomach aches, nauseas and vomiting, especially when separation occurs. Below you can find more information on what to look for before asking for help.

What should I look for?

  • Does your child show excessive anxiety relating to their separation from home or people such as Mum or Dad? Is this level of anxiety unreasonable for a child of their age?
  • Is your child repeatedly distressed when they are separated, or think they are going to be separated, from home or from Mum or Dad or another significant person?
  • Is your child constantly worried about something happening to a family member, such as an accident or illness?
  • Does your child worry that something will happen that will separate him/her from the home or family?
  • Does your child refuse to go to school or participate in other activities away from the home or significant family members?
  • Is your child excessively scared of being left alone or being without significant family members in other settings?
  • Does your child refuse to go to sleep without being near a significant person, or does s/he refuse to sleep away from home?
  • Does your child have repeated nightmares about separation?
  • Does your child complain of physical symptoms when s/he thinks s/he is going to be separated from his/her home or significant family members?

Recommended Resources

The Quirky Kid Shoppe has select useful resources for parenting and children experiencing Separation Anxiety and others forms of Anxiety.

Recommended Resources for Anxiety

How can the Quirky Kid Clinic help your 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 Separation Anxiety, you might consider one the following options:

  • Book an individual session with our experienced Child Psychologists
  • Register for the Why worry workshop and Sydney or register for Why Worry in Melbourne or
  • Contact us for more information

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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Divorce and Children @ Sunrise

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed the impact of divorce on children with presenters of the Sunrise host on Channel 7. You can find out more about the problems associated with separation and divorce  and strategies to better deal with it by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available below:

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.

Australian Association for Reserch in Education (AARE)

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

We have become members of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). The AARE is the national association for fostering educational research in Australia. AARE facilitates contact between educational researchers and supports the development of high-quality educational research.

This is in line with Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, current Ph.D. research topic: Self-esteem and social relationships among students in transition to Year 7. Kimberley has been conduction this research for 4 years under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Helen Watt from Monash University.

Kimberley will present her initial finding on the next International Education Research Conference n Canberra in November 2009.

The Quirky  Kid clinic offer in school workshops addressing transition, bullying, self-esteem and relationships. Please contact us on 02 9362 9297 for more information or to book a workshop on your school.

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