Tag: Kimberley O’Brien

Self-esteem – TV Week

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Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed the consequences of public negative feedback with TV week reporter Lucy Walker . You can view interview review  the TV Week website

You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum. You can also provide your own opinion on our Facebook page or Twitter at @quirky_kid

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Young Children and Iphone @ 7 News

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Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed the use of technology by very young children with 7 News reporters. You can view interview review by visiting the Channel 7 website.

You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum. You can also provide your own opinion on our Facebook page or Twitter at @quirky_kid

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.

 

Lady Gaga @ Ten News

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Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed Lady Gaga and Media influence with Channel 10 Presenter Ron Wilson. You can visit the Channel 10 You Tube or watch it below

You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum.

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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Digital Kids @ 6.30 with George Negus

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed with 6:30 reporter and George Negus the effects, benefits and contradictions of technology in schools. You con visit the article online at the 6:30 report website or watch it below

You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum.

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.

Fostering Creativity and Handwriting

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien recently compiled the Pilot Pen Creativity report, investigating the development of creative writing in children and the impact of computer-based learning.

Fostering creativity is crucial for children to assist the development of independent thought, problem solving and the exploration of fact and fiction.  Creative children have a greater capacity to develop the vital skills of curiosity, intuition and a preference for complex ideas, research shows.  Journalling also enhances emotional regulation and allows for children to understand the triggers for certain emotions, such as anger.  In fact, research has shown creative writing and psychotherapy have shared affective experiences that allow for the expression of feelings, accessing the unconscious and self-discovery.

Computers are helpful but research has shown that speed of idea formation and transcription are enhanced and streamlined with traditional handwriting.  Handwriting difficulties are one of the most common problems addressed by occupational therapists.  Therefore, it is essential that proper handwriting skills are cultivated by ages 8-10, even as computer-based activities are integrated into the school curriculum.

Parents can take an active role to ensure their children have properly developed handwriting skills.  Kimberley has compiled a list of tips for parents to adopt at home to foster children’s creativity and handwriting skills.  Such tips include using visual reminders such as chalkboards; developing ‘storyboards’ and valuing handcrafted works; initiating pen-pals as well as encouraging fine-motor skills.

The full list of tips are available on the Pilot Pen Website here.

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