Tag: Education

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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Children and Video Games

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Video games and young people are a common encounter. I remember my first game and how excited about it I was. Parents can learn more about video games and how it impacts on children’s lives by reading this brief fact sheet.

What are video games?

Video games are electronic, interactive games that come in many forms: CDs, DVDs, internet downloads and online games. They can be played on a personal home computer (PC), television or portable hand-held device.

Is it ok if my child plays video games?

The safest way for your child to play video games is when you play together. This will ensure that they are learning from the game, and also give you quality time to have fun together. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when playing video games with your child:

  • Set a limit of one hour per day maximum. This will ensure there is still time in the day for other physical and creative activities. Video games are also an effective reward for homework completion.
  • Ask your child how the game works – this is the best way to engage in what your child is learning. You can also use this information to pick up on what your child is currently interested in, and broaden their knowledge of the topic through other means such as books and movies.
  • Choose games that have learning value and portray positive messages. Ideally, games for kids should explore real activities, provide opportunities to take turns and play as a team, and involve decision making process to promote control and independence.

Benefits of video games

Video games can have benefits, but these are dependent on the content of the game, time spent playing the game and whether the game involves group play.

  • Developmental benefits: hand/eye co-ordination, decision making and problem solving skills, multitasking and improved self esteem through mastery of the game.
  • Social benefits: Learning to take turns, be part of a team and a sense of fairness.
  • Educational benefits: Assist memory and processing speed skills, can incorporate curriculum-based material.

Problems with playing video games

Most risks associated with game playing come from prolonged use. Therefore, moderation of your child’s game playing is the key. Unregulated gaming may have the following effects::

  • Obsessive behaviour
  • Reduced capacity for empathy
  • Increased antisocial tendencies
  • Lack of physical exercise and associated health effects.
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Dolls with Disabilities @ The Australian

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed the topic of dolls with disabilities with The Australian reporter Carol Midgley. You can find out more about whether dolls with disabilities should be incorporated into children’s play, by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full article is available on the The Australian 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.