Tag: Social Skills

The Best of Friends @ TIGS

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Recently, the Quirky Kid Clinic worked with school staff and students at the Illawarra Grammar School in Wollonong  to facilitate the popular ‘The Best of Friends ™’ in the classroom setting.

Illawarra Grammar School in Wollonong - The Best of Friends Program

The 6 weeks program covered areas such as Making Friends, Social Skills, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking in friendships. 

Students participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and presentations while discussing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

Each child was given a “Quirky Kid Tool Kit” including materials for the day as well as making use of the Quirky Kid Resources. We are very satisfied with parental and school feedback on the positive outcomes the workshop has achieved so far.

Illawarra Grammar School in Wollonong  staff were incredible supportive and showed great commitment toward students social development.

  • If you would like some information on ‘The Best of Friends™ workshop for your child’s classroom, please contact us on 02 9362-9297
  • This program has been present in many schools around Sydney like Moriah CollegeSt Thomas, St Catherine’s School and others. We also run our workshops in Sydney, Wollongong, and Melbourne.

 

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The Best of Friends @ Moriah College

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Moriah College in Sydney and 'The Best of Friends' Program

Recently, the Quirky Kid Clinic worked with school staff from Year 5 at Moriah College in Sydney to facilitate the popular ‘The Best of Friends’ in the classroom setting.

Moriah College in Sydney and 'The Best of Friends' Program

This 6 weeks program covered areas such as Making Friends, Social Skills, Empathy, Compromise, and Peacemaking in friendships. 

Students participated in a range of activities including painting, play dough, role play, and multimedia presentations while discussing the finer points of friendship and playground issues.

Each child was given a “Quirky Kid Tool Kit” including materials for the day as well as making use of the Quirky Kid Resources. Information sheet for parents were provided so they could also help their children to build social skills.

We are very satisfied with parental and school feedback on the positive outcomes the workshop has achieved so far.

Moriah Colleague Principal and Teaching staff were incredibly supportive and showed great commitment toward students social development.

  • If you would like some information on ‘The Best of Friends™ workshop for your child’s classroom, please contact us on 02 9362-9297
  • This program has been present in many schools around Sydney like, St Thomas, St Catherine’s School and others. We also run our workshops in in Sydney, Wollongong, and Melbourne.
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How to be a Friend @ Practical Parenting

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Practical parenting magazine has just reviewed and recommended our new book – How to be a Friend’ on their last magazine edition. According to practical parenting, the book is: ‘the essential picture-filled guide for helping littlies aged three and above make friend and keep them, It’s great for building on social skills and teaching playground etiquette’

Empathy, sensitivity to others’ viewpoints, self-worth and the rules of conversation are just some of the skills that children can learn through their friendships and carry into their adult lives making it easier to develop positive relationships.

This engaging book, “How To Be A Friend”, was published by Quirky Kid as a tool to help children to manage bosses and bullies, while recognizing the qualities needed to develop genuine and consistent friendships. “Giving children strategies to create inclusive, friendly playgrounds is an advantage for every school community, and this book can help”, says Kimberley. “Teachers are now seeking social role models to eliminate the culture of bullying”.

Last night we also discussed this book with 2UE radio.

You can buy the book on line at the Quirky Kid Shoppe or at selected book stores

 

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Our Newest Resource

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

A Guide to Make Friends and Keep Them

How to be a Friend: A Guide to Making and Keeping Them

We are very proud to launch our newest therapeutic resource written and illustrated by Mark Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown -the acclaimed creators of Arthur. How to Be a Friend is the perfect prop for parents and professionals working with children to build social confidence and explore playground politics.

The book offers practical suggestions for making and keeping friends, resolving arguments, overcoming shyness, dealing with bossy children,  handling bullies and more.

How to Be a Friend is easy-to-read and provides children with many fun examples and illustrations of how to be a good friend. The book was published to support our social skills program ‘The Best of Friends’. For more information on this program, click on the link.

You will find out:

– Who can be your friends
– How to show someone you would like to be friends
– How to handle bossy kids and bullies too
– The best ways to be a friend and ways NOT to be a friend
– Ways to settle an argument with a friend

This high quality Australian Edition has been produced on a Hard Cover with 33 uncoated and illustrated pages

Buy now a copy and head to the Quirky Kid Shoppes.

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Adolescents Working @ ABC Radio

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, discussed the issues around adolescents working or not working ABC radio presenter Deb Cameron. You can listen to the interview ABC  Sydney websiteYou 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