Tag: Professional Development

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Presentation at the 2016 London Book Fair

Following our successful presentation during the Chinese Children Book Fair, The Quirky Kid was invited to present at the 2016 London Book Fair.

We are looking forward to sharing our experience and insight into working with children with our colleagues in London. Our presentation is part of the Insights seminar programme comprises over 200 seminars and events, and takes place throughout the full three days of the Fair. Seminars are open to all visitors on a first-come-first-served basis, and are one hour in duration, so make sure to register.

Dr Kimberley O’Brien and Leonardo Rocker, MA will be presenting on developing and publishing social and emotional resources for classrooms and clinics.

The presentation will summarise Quirky Kid’s experience in developing SEL tools.

Supporting children’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the school setting is a challenging task for educators and school counsellors. Research shows students with well-developed social and emotional skills perform better academically, have improved attitudes, less negative behaviours and reduced emotional distress (www.casel.org).

Engaging, evidence-based SEL resources for children are paramount for improved student outcomes. Few programs combine the tools and techniques used in the clinic setting with the school curriculum. This seminar will discuss the process of developing and implementing SEL resources for schools and introduce the Quirky Kid range of materials used in clinics and classrooms around the world.

Register online


New Professional Workshops

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Therapeutic Resources for Children and Families - New Workshops of QK.

 Therapeutic Resources for Children and Families - New Workshops of QK.Quirky Kid in collaboration with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) are proud to present a  series of workshops called ‘Therapeutic Resources for Children and Families’ around Australia.

We will be touching base in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane between May and June 2012.

Designed for developmental psychologists, educators, social workers and human resources professionals, this workshop includes clinical case examples to illustrate how to use therapeutic resources to address a broad range of issues.

Presented by author, illustrator and developmental psychologist, Kimberley O’Brien, this workshop includes examples of visual recording techniques and resource applications to engage individuals, siblings, students and families.



More information and booking details are available by following the links below:

Download a Flyer for more information and help to promote the workshop.

You can find our more about the our resources at the Quirky Kid Shoppe


Education and Developmental Conference 2011

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

It was a pleasure to participate during the 2011 Educational & Developmental conference in Melbourne last month. A great incentive for us in attending to the conference was Professor Nancy Mather’s workshop. Professor Nancy is a special education expert from the University of Arizona specializing in learning disabilities diagnosis and intervention.

Kimberley O’Brien –  who also presented during the conference – and our team have enjoyed the current research findings  from colleagues around Australia.

More about our participation

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist , presented on her PhD research topic on Social Inclusion, Self Esteem and Belonging For Students in Transition From Primary to Secondary School, that Kimberley is completing under the direction of Prof Helen Watt from Monash University.

About the conference

The Conference —Theory to Practice: Positive Development and Wellbeing, Educational and Developmental Psychology Conference 2011— is being hosted by the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists to promote a broad spectrum of research in the sector from psycho-social wellbeing through to learning, literacy and numeracy. The College is committed to evidence-based practice and to promoting the best research and latest developments in the field.

What this means for our clients?

The Quirky Kid Clinic is committed to professional development to deliver current and evidence-informed intervention to all our clients.

Over the last years, we have focused on the topic of Learning Disabilities and assessments and are now better equipped  to identify and support children and families experiencing learning difficulties and disabilities.

Contact us on + 02 9362 9297 for more information about our assessments or to schedule a consultation.


Repetitive Behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Corina Vogler, Provisional Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic attended a workshop on Repetitive Behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at The Melbourne University, Victoria.

This workshop was presented by Professor Margot Prior, University of Melbourne and Ms. Josephine Barbaro, La Trobe University. The workshop explored the nature, type, and triggers of repetitive behaviours common to children with an ASD.  This was followed by a discussion on how these behaviours can be managed, for the better development of the child and to reduce the impact on families.

Corina has since then presented the workshop to the Quirky Kid team as part of our knowledge management and knowledge sharing program.

If you feel that your child may be displaying repetitive behaviours or if you would like any further information about Autism Spectrum Disorder, please contact us, or visit our resources pages.


Infant Assessment @ Westmead Children’s Hospital

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Kimberley O’Brien and Jacqui Olsson attended a training workshop on the assessment of infant and toddler development using the Bayley Scales on Monday, 8th March at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

The Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development (Bayley-III) are recognised as one of the most comprehensive tools to assess children as young as one month old, to approximately three and a half years old. The assessment covers five key areas of cognition, language, social-emotional functioning,  motor and adaptive behaviour.

The workshop was facilitated by Betty Hutchon, one of the world’s leading occupational therapists. She has been the national trainer for the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II since 1994 and has provided training, advice, and consultation to many research and clinical groups.

If you believe your infant or toddler may require a developmental assessment, please contact us to arrange an appointment.