Research Study

A Social and Emotional Learning Program for Children Aged 7 to 11 Years.

The Quirky Kid Clinic and the University of Wollongong (UOW) are conducting a research study to evaluate the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program in building children’s social and emotional competencies and are inviting children and parents to participate.

What’s involved:

  • 10 x 1-hour group sessions with children aged 7 to 11 delivered by a trained facilitator and 2 x 30-minute phone consultations with parent/s  before and after the program.
  • A copy of an award-winning workbook featuring interactive activities, facts, fieldwork and stories about social and emotional learning. Plus Weekly email updates for parents with key program content

Apply Now

To receive the Parent  Information Sheet and application detail, please complete the form below. Hurry, there are only 12 spots left.

About the Research

 

The Quirky Kid Clinic and the UOW are conducting a research study to evaluate the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program in building children’s social and emotional competencies. This research project is suitable for typically-developing children aged 7 to 11 years who struggle to make or maintain friendships, manage social situations and regulate their emotions.

Children who meet selection criteria and who have parental consent will be randomly allocated (like drawing a number out of a hat) to either an intervention or a control group. Children in the control group will have to wait 3 months to attend the program.

About the Program

The Best of Friends® program is designed to give children the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show empathy for others, develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions. The program includes a concise and engaging set of materials to facilitate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

Research Information and Consent form:

A Parent Information Sheet (PIS) provides comprehensive information about the study to help parents make an informed decision about participation in this program. To receive a copy of the PIS please contact us.

How is the program conducted?

Conducted weekly over 10 x 1-hour group sessions with children 7 to 11 years and delivered by trained facilitators, the program will cover topics around self-awareness and self-management, social awareness, and social management.

How much is the program?

The intervention program is $150 (normal cost is $940) for program materials, including a participant workbook (264 pages), stationery, prizes, snacks and craft supplies. The workbook belongs to your child. This cost is non-refundable.

Application Process

To register visit http://bof.quirkykid.com.au/research, where you can obtain a copy of the Parent Information Sheet, complete the screener and parental consent form. Please phone (02) 9362 9297 to find out more information about participating in the research.

Once your application is received we will contact you to confirm your child’s registration in the intervention or the control group.

Approved by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee

This project has been approved by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any concerns about the conduct of this study, please do not hesitate to contact the Executive Officer of the Ethics Committee (02 9845 3066) and quote approval number ‘HREC/17/SCHN/331’.

Dates

  • Quirky Kid Sydney
    Group for Ages 7 to 8 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 1 of February at 4:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
    Group for Ages 9 to 11 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 1 of February at 5:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
  • Quirky Kid Austinmer
    Group for Ages 7 to 8 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 1 of February at 4:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
    Group for Ages 9 to 11 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 1 of February at 5:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
  • Early Start Centre – University of Wollongong
    Group for Ages 7 to 8 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 8 of February at 4:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.
    Group for Ages 9 to 11 years
    Start Date and Time: Thursday 8 of February at 5:00 pm and continues for 10 weeks in total.

APPLY NOW

W: http://bof.quirkykid.com.au
E: research@QuirkyKid.com.au
Ph: (02) 9362 9297