Worried or frustrated by your “big feelings child”?

Our psychologists support children to act and feel calm and cooperative – in their homes, in their time.

Does your child:

  • Often worry or need a lot of reassurance?
  • Get frustrated easily or find it hard to follow instructions?
  • Find it tough to make and keep friends?
  • Have other tough life challenges?
  • Have a psychological diagnosis (ASD, anxiety, ODD, sensory processing, learning problems) ?

As child psychologists we have developed Calm Kid Central to help kids with “big feelings” and challenges (and their parents) in THREE important ways.

1. Child psychologists on standby to help you with unlimited questions and concerns about your children within 48 hours.  Get answers quickly.

2. Courses for children about feeling confident, staying calm, social skills and acting co-operatively.

Click the arrows below to see some some examples of our animated video lessons and worksheets

Want to see some snippets of our kids videos? Click the play button below.

3. Helping parents of kids with “big feelings” and life challenges feel supported and know what to do

Click on the arrows below for some examples of our videos and worksheets for parents of children with “big feelings” and life challenges

Want to hear snippets of some of the videos?  Click the play button below.

Evidence for Calm Kid Central – does it really help?

Over 2000 parents and carers have signed up for Calm Kid Central in the last 2 years.

Analysis of the data collected prior to and after 4 months of having access to Calm Kid Central shows:

94% of children (as reported by their parents) experienced a significant reduction in a) anxiety, worry and stress symptoms, b) difficulties managing frustration, following instructions and co-operation behaviours and c) attention and concentration problems after 4 months of being part of the program.

In addition, on average, parents reported a statistically significant increase in parental adjustment and well-being

97% of parents said they believed Calm Kid Central had been either “quite”, “very” or “extremely helpful” for their family


This data was collected from over 100 families on measures called the Pediatric Symptom Checklist and the Parent and Family Adjustment Scale.    It’s important to know while most families reported finding the program very useful, it is not helpful or appropriate for everyone – so contact us if you’d like more information.

$28.50 per month
or $177.50 per year (save $164.50)

 (Or FREE! if you have a coupon*)

 No minimum time commitment. Cancel anytime.

Learning Centre for Kids
(All courses, videos, activity sheets and posters)

Learning Centre for Parents
(All courses, videos, tip sheets, transcripts & question guides)

Question/Help Centre
(Ask unlimited questions of our child psychologists)


*Coupons: We currently have a limited number of FREE coupons for a year of access to Calm Kid Central.  These are available for families who:

Live in either Adelaide Metro region and have a health care card as funded by Adelaide Primary Health Network or

Live in the Gippsland Region (Victoria) - as funded by Gippsland Primary Health Network. If this applies to you, click below:

HCF members can also get free or reduced membership - click here if you are an HCF member

If you already have your coupon code, click on the Orange Join Now button and use your coupon code when asked.

Some comments from parents who use our online Calm Kid Central program are below for your information (please note these are from parents who use Calm Kid Central - not from those who have seen our psychologists face to face in our clinics - comments about direct psychological services are not allowed under Australian Health Advertising guidelines)

I am always excited to get the Calm Kid Central emails with the "video of the week". They always contain pearls of wisdom.. Your work is my "go to" when something new pops up for my kids.

- S. Evans

Easy to apply suggestions and ideas, and the cartoon format makes the information understand and applicable.

- Parent

We watched the mean behaviour video altogether and afterwards practised (with much hilarity) all the different scenarios you posed for dealing with mean behaviour. Fantastic!! Thankyou. Just perfect specific tips that can be enacted immediately and that can be easily remembered. We had a lot of fun - I don't think they will ever be forgotten. Thankyou SO much. So practical and helpful....really appreciate it.

- Rachel

I love the articles. They’ve given me good ideas to address topics with my kids, particularly regarding screen use.

- Parent

Really helpful! My son had significant anxiety and my daughter experiences lots of big feelings but with the videos and tip sheets from CKC I feel so much more confident that I have strategies to help them!

- Parent

I've been able to relate to the solutions and language used in all the videos, - they seem to suit me and my level of understanding and ability to implement/follow through etc.

- Ursula

The videos are so incredibly helpful and the worksheets are also a wonderful support. I am really grateful to have resources such as yours to use. I have sung your praises to friends and teachers at our school. Keep up the superb work!

- Parent

My children love watching the videos. There are some great parenting tips I have been able to refer to, so thank you very much!

- Parent

Thanks so much again for everything.  I have been listening to the parent videos again this week, what a marvellous resource.  I am incredibly grateful. 

- Parent

I use the knowledge I have gained from CKC everyday and feel more confident in my parenting. My children have enjoyed and benefited from the videos and sheets. We're getting there! 

- Parent

Relevant, down to earth, common sense advice. Great resource, appreciate voucher as on low income.

- Parent

Everything! The videos are super helpful in explaining concepts (both to myself and children) and the question centre has been great too. I really like the handouts as well. All in all it's an invaluable resource for professionals working with families.

- Professional

"Calm Kid Pro has been excellent - you know something is a quality program when teachers are still using it a year later"
Principal, Catholic Primary School, Victoria

Meet the Calm Kid Central Team

Kirrilie Smout

Clinical Child Psychologist and Director of Developing Minds Psychology

Kirrilie is a clinical Psychologist, member of the Australian Psychological Society and of the College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a First Class psychology Honours degree and a Masters degree in Clinical psychology, both awarded from Flinders University of SA. She has worked as a psychologist for 22 years in many different settings, with a variety of client groups.

Today Kirrilie is the director of Developing Minds Psychology and provides supervision to the team of child and adolescent psychologists who work with her there.  She also provides seminars and training for young people, teachers, health professionals and schools around Australia.

Kirrilie has received a number of awards, grants and prizes for her speaking, research and consultancy work. She has written three books about and for young people, is the developer of Calm Kid Central, and is the SA convenor of the Child, Adolescent and Family Interest group for the SA chapter of the Australian Psychological Society.

Penny Sih

Clinical Child Psychologist

Penny is a clinical Psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has a Psychology Honours degree from Flinders University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Adelaide. During her studies, Penny was conferred the KPMG Prize for Psychology and published research on psychological outcomes for children in various care arrangements.

Penny has always been passionate about working with young people and their families and has a talent for connecting with young people. She has worked as a psychologist since 2004 in both the private sector and a variety of government settings including Child Protection, Community Health and Education.

Penny is a team leader (providing clinical and professional supervision and crisis supervision) of the Aberfoyle Park Developing Minds clinic.

Taryn Gray

Clinical Child Psychologist

Taryn is a clinical psychologist, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, and an associate member of the College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a Psychology Honours degree from Adelaide University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from James Cook University. She has worked as a Psychologist for thirteen years in a variety of settings, with a variety of client groups.

Taryn takes an eclectic approach as a Clinical Psychologist, and has worked in specialist settings with adults and young people.

Taryn is the clinical programs and systems manager for Developing Minds and develops and monitors systems to make sure the practice complies with all relevant funding body (including NDIS, Medicare and others) requirements.

Jacinda Fisher

Clinical Child Psychologist

Jacinda is a clinical Psychologist and a Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.  She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD from Flinders University.

Jacinda has worked as a psychologist over the last twelve years working in both the public and private sectors.  Jacinda has also worked as a research psychologist with the Women’s and Children’s hospital within the neonatal department and the child nutrition team, and also for sleep clinics at Flinders University and the Repat Sleep clinic.    Through her PhD research, she is also knowledgeable in the areas of caregiving, coping, illness and grief and loss.

Kate Manning

Clinical Child Psychologist

Kate is a clinical psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has an Honours degree in Behavioural Science awarded from Flinders University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology awarded from the University of Adelaide.

Kate has worked for 8 years providing support to children and young people who are encountering difficulties with their emotions, adjustment, peer and/or family relationships, behaviour or learning, as well as supporting their families. Kate has gained knowledge and experiencing through working with children and young people with a wide range of medical conditions or disabilities and has specialist knowledge in the area of paediatric acquired brain injury.

Kate Rooney

Clinical Child Psychologist

Kate is a Clinical Psychologist and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. She has a Psychology Honours degree from Flinders University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Adelaide.

Kate has 14 years experience working as a psychologist in a public mental health setting, specialising in working with children and young people (and their families) with a wide range of emotional, social, behavioural and relational difficulties. This has included young people experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, sadness, depression, self-harming, suicidal ideation, trauma, family and relationship issues, stress, developmental disabilities (including autism spectrum disorders) and behavioural challenges.

Sandra Massey

Community Education Officer

Sandra is a social worker with 12 years of experience working in the child and family well being and mental health fields.  She has worked in management, consultation and clinical roles within government, education and private settings.  She is passionate about helping clinicians and services to provide high quality support to families.  At Calm Kid Central, Sandra helps professionals and families learn about the Calm Kid Central program and help them access and find the resources in the program they need.

Are you a therapist, teacher, child psychologist, allied health professional or another professional who works with children and families?  The program and pricing listed above is for parents and personal use only.

But don’t worry – we have a special program just for you: Calm Kid Pro.  It’s designed to make your life as a profesisonal working with children easier! Click on the button below to find out more.

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    These emails are gold. Thanks for your wisdom! J. Sampson (Cornerstone College)