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Quirky Kid Open Day 2018

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Posted on by Sarah Doyle

The Quirky Kid team is looking forward to meeting with parents and professionals during our 2018 Open Day.

This is a great opportunity to explore our inspiring clinical space, engage with our team and explore our products and programs for parents, professionals and schools.  

Here is what to expect:

12:00pm
Explore our clinical space, meet with our Quirky Kid staff and colleagues, and get close and personal with the Quirky Kid products, programs and resources.

12:30pm
Chat with our CEO and Principal Educational and Developmental Psychologist Dr Kimberley O’Brien about her approach to child therapy and her vision for Quirky Kid.

12:50pm
Enjoy the company of our Psychologist Belinda Nixon as she talks about the Best of Friends and BaseCamp programs and how you can take advantage of the materials at your home or school.

1:30pm
Find out from our Psychologist Dawn Young about our clinical and assessment strengths and find the answers to your frequently asked questions including therapeutic approaches, day to day tips for health and well being and more.

In addition, you will have a chance to:

  1. Ask questions from our team
  2. Learn more about our employment and volunteering opportunities
  3. Discuss more about our in-school and clinic-based services
  4. Understand more about how we can support schools with clinical services and programs

Who Should Attend? 

Parents and professionals are all welcome. Thursday 26th July, 12:00pm – 2:00 pm. 

Address: Level 1, Unit 2, 83-85 Queen Street Woollahra NSW

Register Now

 

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Quirky Kid at iAccelerate@Sydney recap

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Late last year our principal child psychologist and CEO Dr. Kimberley O’Brien represented Quirky Kid at the iAccelerate@Sydney business networking event at Circular Quay.

Quirky Kid is a resident start-up of the iAccelerate program, which is a business accelerator and incubator facilitated and supported by the University of Wollongong (UOW).  iAccelerate is the largest single University supported program of its type in the country, has supported more than 100 business start-ups since 2012.

Kimberley was one of the many distinguished guests present, including iAccelerate CEO Omar Khalifa and representatives from other iAccelerate resident companies – Me3d and Recovery Camp.

Kimberley introduced the important work we do at Quirky Kid and discussed out the journey from an initial start-up business to a successful publisher of therapeutic resources with clinics based in Sydney and Wollongong. Kimberley also reinterred  the benefits of the iAccelerate for startups like Quirky Kid, including support and access to a network of like-minded business people

Additionally, Kimberley highlighted Quirky Kid’s vision of supporting and developing children’s social and emotional learning (SEL) on a global scale;  introduced some of the Technology-Based products we are developing and discussed our research partnership with the University of Wollongong.

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5 Tips on Preparing Young People for Greatness

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Posted on by Dr. Kimberley O'Brien

Greatness comes in many forms and is quite subjective depending on an individual’s age and abilities. For a child overcoming anxiety, greatness may be winning a public speaking competition or finding the courage to confront a new fear. For others, greatness may reveal itself through academic or sporting achievements, kindness, creativity or thoughtful leadership. In any case, discovering one’s unique strengths or passions is easier with the help of a caring coach, an attentive teacher, or a dedicated parent.

According to a recent survey of Australian students in Year 4 to 12, parents and teachers are the greatest influencers of a student’s sense of satisfaction and fulfillment (State of Victoria, Dept of Education and Training, 2017). Therefore, it is essential for parents and teachers to give sound advice on the subject of achieving greatness as defined by the child.

Leadership expert, Robert Kaplan (2013), developed a roadmap for reaching potential. In brief, he suggests greatness is achieved when we know our strengths, take the initiative and connect our daily actions to a clearly defined goal. For most children, defining a goal is easy but taking the initiative to make it happen is usually dependent on the adults around them. That’s where we come in!

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Foster their self-belief. For example, if you know a child who aspires to be a professional soccer player, help them find a great coach or coaching clinic. For those with more left-of-centre skills outside the areas of sporting or academia, keep an open mind to the activities available that might help push their strengths to new levels. Show them that you believe in them and make it happen!

  2. Research together. Show young people how to take the initiative by helping them to research and connect with experts in their field of interest. A child with a passion for making robots would be forever empowered if you showed them how to contact the Head Inventor at Battlebots. Imagine if they said yes to a Skype call?

  3. Use a wide-angle lens. Think broadly when it comes to inspiring young people. Be proactive and organise a range of guests to visit your school to spark an interest in every child. These could include artists, refugees, adventurers or someone with a “diffability” who is pursuing a passion. You never know when inspiration will strike!

  4. Set an example. Take on a challenge of your own and you will inspire others to do the same. Show some initiative and take steps on a daily basis to reach your goal. Share your journey’s highs and lows with the young people around you and make haste towards your destination.

  5. Work together. Challenges aren’t meant to be simple, but staying focused on the task at hand is easier when those around you are doing the same. Achieve greatness among your classmates, family or friends and your success will be even sweeter!

Power Up:

Our online Performance Psychology program Power Up! has been specially created for kids who want to push their performance skills to the next level. Power Up! gives them 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 and maximise performance in any chosen field.

References:

  1. Kaplan, R.S. (2013) What You’re Really Meant to Do: A Roadmap for Reaching your Unique Potential.Ebook. HBR.
  2. Right School-Right Place (2017) State of Victoria. Department of Education and Training (Vic).
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Media Wrap Up: Late 2017 – Current

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Posted on by Sarah Doyle

We hope you enjoy this resource as an easy-access portal to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contributing to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.

November 2017 to Current 

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

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Media Wrap-Up

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

We hope you enjoy this resource as an easy-access portal to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications. Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contribute to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.

2014

  • The Sydney Morning Herald: Kimberley discusses the topic of children and performance, stemming from children’s version of The Voice.
  • The Daily at 2SER Radio: Kimberley spoke about the impacts of childcare on children, especially overnight childcare and staying with at-home carers.
  • The Morning Show: Kimberley discusses video game addiction. 
  • 702 Mornings: Linda Mottram interviews Kimberley about social issues at school.
  • Wake Up on Network Ten: Kimberley speaks about Play Therapy.
  • The Daily Edition, Channel 7: Kimberley speaks about children and extreme sports.
  • 2SER – Real Radio 107.3 FM: Kimberley discusses the psychological impacts of being a child bride.
  • Storycentral.com.au: Kimberley speaks about how to navigate our kids/teens through a hyper-sexualised world.   
  • The Daily Telegraph: Kimberley talks about kids and technology.
  • Kidspot: Kimberley discusses how not to embarrass your children at sporting events.
  • Essential Kids: Kimberley talks about the pros and cons of routines for babies. 
  • Essential Kids: Kimberley discusses the impacts of Brazilian waxing and laser and the messages sent to adolescents.
  • Squaredmommy.com: Quirky Kid is quoted in the blog article: ‘Some days our hormones clash’.
  • A Current Affair: Kimberley is interviewed about Children’s increasing reliance on technology.
  • The Daily Telegraph, Home Magazine: Kimberley speaks about the best place to set up a study area in the home for young children and teenagers.
  • The Daily Telegraph: Writer Stephen Corby interviews Kimberley about how to stop little girls being mean to your daughter.
  • The Daily Edition, Channel 7: Kimberley discusses sibling rivalry.
  • KidSpot: Lisa Mayoh interviews Kimberley on the topic of ‘surviving the mean girls of kindy.
  • Afternoons with Will Goodings: Kimberley talks about if stereotypes still exist amongst siblings, about the traits of young vs older siblings, and about whether the middle-child syndrome exists.
  • Kidspot: Kimberley speaks with Rebel Wylie about the using Santa as a threat.

2015

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.

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