Quirky Kid is delighted to be supporting the British Columbia Alternate Education Conference in Canada. For Quirky Kid, this is an exiting event worth telling you all!
The 2012 conference will be held January 19 & 20, 2012, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Gabor Maté will be the keynote speaker! His topic will be The Hungry Ghost: A Biospsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism. As well, he will present two other sessions, one on titled When the Body Says No on stress, and the other titled Scattered Minds on ADHD.
Our colleagues to ACER have recently requested for user’s reviews of the Quirky Kid Resources. The outcome has just bee published at the ACER Interact Website. A diverse range of professionals and user were involved during this review process and included professionals like Dr. Sue Roffey, Canadian Social Worker Roz Wall, Parent Lee-Ann Tait, and Well Being Teacher Meg Wright.
You can see ACER’s announcement about Quirky Kid Resources below:
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is proud to announce a formal distribution partnership with Quirky Kid Resources. ACER has recently acquired the rights to distribute the beautiful range of cards and other resources that have been designed and published by the Quirky Kid team.
Eirini Lammi, ACER psychology consultant was extremely impressed with the uniqueness of the Quirky Kid Resources and the instant appeal they have with people working with children and adolescents in schools, health services and the wider community.
The value of these cards is in the exceptional care and thought taken to capture a practical and distinctive range of feelings and emotions that will have instant appeal to children and adolescents. Each card is powerful and thought provoking that will stimulate discussion and conversation.
These resources are certainly one of a kind. Nothing on the market comes close to the value of these resources in working with children and adolescents. Recent customer comments from an ACER Institute Seminar include, “these cards are beautiful” and “I’ve never seen anything like them.”
Naturally, parents want to help their children and to see them succeed, but where do you draw the line with regards to their homework?
Parents often assist children by sitting down to help with homework, sometimes checking for mistakes, and occasionally completing entire projects.
Some research shows that helping with homework can be beneficial for children’s performance at school. However, other studies show different results about helping children with homework.
The Quirky Kid clinic suggests that the difference between parental involvement being beneficial or not is dependent on the type and the amount of involvement.
By constantly cutting in on the job your kids are doing, you may risk undermining their confidence. This may make them feel inadequate when it comes to completing tasks on time or may inhibit them from developing the knowledge and skills to do it themselves.
Tips to assist your children with homework.
It is best to establish a routine for homework at the beginning of the year. Decide with your child when and where homework should be completed. Creating a homework schedule together is a great way to discuss this, and put down in writing what you agree on.
You can make homework something children will look forward to by making it special one-on-one time with you. But remember to let children keep most control of it – make sure the pencil is in their hand, not yours.
To help children focus at homework time, set some boundaries, ensure they have a clear work space, and establish some goals, such as a time limit. Additionally, by placing a clock near their work space children will be able to monitor their own time.
Provide your children some wind down time after school. Allowing them to play for a while and have a healthy snack, will help them to concentrate when they start their homework.
Many schools have implemented a homework policy. If you think your child is receiving too much homework, or it is too difficult, get in contact with the school to discuss your concerns.
Most importantly, by allowing children to complete homework themselves, they will have greater sense of achievement. Additionally, providing parents with a legitimate reason to pile on the praise. Remember to always praise effort rather than intelligence.
Need more help?
The Quirky Kid Clinic provides private consultations and a range of resources to assist with homework challenges and performance. Please contact us to make an appointment or visit our resources page.
The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, Minister for Youth, is calling for applications for membership of the 2011 Australian Youth Forum (AYF) Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee provides advice to the Office for Youth, DEEWR and the Minister for Youth on the implementation and future development of the AYF.
A position on the Steering Committee provides individual young people with an opportunity to contribute to the future direction of the AYF, gain an insight into the working of the government, promote the AYF at events and be involved in discussions that are important to young people.
If you are interested in applying for a position on the next AYF Committee please visit the AYF website for more Information and an Application Form.
Corina Vogler and the Quirky Kid Clinic were recently invited to attended the Involve Conference in Auckland, New Zealand. The Involve conference organised by the NZAAHD aimed to enhance the skills of people who work with young people and to promote young people’s positive health and development.
Table of QK Resources
Whilst at the conference we had the privilege to observe many Maoir customs, such as the Pōwhiri (call of welcome from tribes) and were able to attend a number of sessions. The sessions informed us of the amazing and creative work that is being carried out in New Zealand, to support young people.
Additionally, Quirky Kid were provided with an opportunity to display our Therapeutic Resources. They were incredibly well received by many organizations who purchased our stocks out. This was another major step towards promoting and expanding our resources and we were delighted to see that the resources were received with great enthusiasm.
Young people in New Zealand are very dedicated to the future and well-being of their generation. We found it extremely inspiring to be a part of this conference, and are grateful for the hospitality that was shown to us.