Tag: Self-esteem

SPELD Conference 2009

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Jacqui Olsson attended the 2009 SPELD Conference on Wednesday, 7th October 2009.This year’s conference focused on Reading and Language difficulties, and guest speakers from Australia and Overseas presented on topics such as dyslexia and language impairment, methods of teaching vocabulary, improving the quality of students’ written texts, development and assessment of students’ spelling skills and managing disruptive behaviour. To learn more about these issues, please visit our resources page.

SPELD NSW is an association of parents and professionals interested and involved in advancing the education and general well-being of children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties or learning disability.

If you believe your child may be experiencing learning difficulties, please contact us  to arrange an appointment.


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:


American Psychiatric Association:Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.


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.


Biting Anorexia @ Mornings with Kerri-Anne

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed anorexia with morning show host Kerri-Anne. You can find out more about the dangers of anorexia, and the signs and symptoms, by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available on the Mornings with Kerri-Anne 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.