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Calm Kid Central

Helping children with “big feelings”, social/emotional challenges and tough life circumstances feel
calm, confident and co-operative.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Your child:

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Often worries, feels anxious or stressed.  Avoids scary or difficult tasks and is prone to panic. You get tired of constantly reassuring them

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Has a really hard time dealing with frustration, anger and disappointment, transitioning to new activities or managing changes in routines. 

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Has been through is going through tough life circumstances: grief, family changes, illness, trauma or other difficult situations

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Is prone to meltdowns or tantrums – yells/hits/stomps – sometimes leaving you embarrassed or disappointed

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Feels lonely, excluded or finds getting along with friends or peers tough – and you feel sad for them about this

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Often talks negatively about themselves/life – and doesn’t feel good about themselves – and it doesn’t seem to matter how often you praise and encourage them

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Finds school work hard or boring or pointless – and homework is sometimes exhausting for all of you

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Might have been given a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, ASD, ADHD, ODD, sensory processing problems or speech/language delay. Regardless – what you know is that they don’t think, feel, cope or learn quite the same way as other kids.

Calm Kid Central helps kids with emotional/social and life challenges (and their parent/carers) in THREE important ways.

1. We help children understand and manage big feelings

We have put together videos, activity sheets and posters for your children to help them understand worry, cope with stress, act more calmly and behave in positive ways. The 2-5 minute video animations have been carefully designed to help 5 to 11 year olds learn about emotions and positive behaviour.

They will learn why and how they worry or get frustrated, how to get better at keeping/making friends, how to act calmly when they are frustrated and how to feel more confident about themselves.

Calm Down Tricks

Why do I get so mad?

Sentences to say to stay calm

Calming My Body

Acting Confidently

Danger Checkers; Why we worry

Each video is accompanied by a “important questions guide” for parents. You watch the short video with your child (on your phone/their ipad) and then ask them the questions listed in the guide. These are not long exercises, they’ve been designed so they can be done while waiting for an appointment, while on the drive to school, for a couple of minutes before bed. But it’s amazing the things that come out in a five minute conversation when we ask kids the right questions. Press play below to see some samples of videos available on Calm Kid Central.

2. We Help Parents feel calmer, more confident and “get through” to kids with these challenges

We help parents get frustrated less often, feel more confident about “what’s normal”, have someone to ask questions of at home and have a plan for how to support their kids.  We have created a library of 3-10 minute videos, printables and handouts for parents and carers to give them fast, practical tips and ideas about how to support, work with and talk to kids struggling with worry, stress, frustration or tricky behaviour. Resources can be accessed on your mobile /device anytime, anywhere.

Video titles include:

Upset Children: What to Say First (5 mins)

Helping Angry/Panicked Children Calm Down (6 mins)

Important Questions to Ask Stressed Kids (6 mins)

The Real Reasons Children “Misbehave” (8 mins)

Making Praise more Powerful in Changing Behaviour (8 mins)

The skills and knowledge children need/how to coach this (8 mins)

How we accidentally encourage tricky behaviour (4 mins)

A simple way to increase instruction following (6 mins)

Question Asking Mistakes we make (6 mins)

Each video includes: A “real life” section with an audio recorded conversation with real parent/child,  a full Transcript of the text to print out, downloadables/printables for the fridge with points to remember, questions to ask and strategies to use and remember the ideas in the videos. Click below for some sample videos for adults available on Calm Kid Central.

3. We help YOU when you are worried or frustrated about YOUR child – our child psychologists personally respond to every one of your concerns within 48 hours, 48 weeks of the year.

We know that talking to a child psychologist is not easy. There’s travel, cost, availability, fitting in with work and more. And often you don’t need therapy. With Calm Kid Central, you log in on your mobile phone or from work/home and post any question that you have about your kids, their behaviour, their stress, tricky situations and managing tough emotions.

Out panel of experienced and fully qualified child psychologists (from the Developing Minds Clinics in South Australia) will carefully read and answer your questions as soon as possible.

For example, in the Question Centre we’ve had questions such as:

  • How do I help my siblings stop fighting?
  • What is the right age for a mobile phone?
  • How do I help my 8 year old be less sad/anxious about going to school?
  • What do I do about meltdowns in my 10 yo?
  • How do I help my 9yo manage grief?
  • How do I cope with my own feelings about my child’s learning disorder?
  • How do I help my 7 and 10yo be more organised/look after their possession?
  • What do I do about my 5 yo not focussing at school?
  • What do you do about children constantly getting out of bed at night?
  • And many, many more.

You will see our child psychologists’ detailed answers to each of those questions (answers include ideas about what we do in the clinic with children just like these).

We guarantee to respond to all questions within 48 hours – for 48 weeks of the year.

It’s a bit like having a child psychologist “on tap” for you at home. 🙂

Kirrilie

Clinical Child Psychologist

Taryn

Clinical Child Psychologist

Penny

Clinical Child Psychologist

Jacinda

Clinical Child Psychologist

Kate

Clinical Child Psychologist

By the way – be aware you don’t have to personally identify yourself in our community. And these questions and answers are only open to our members in the private, secure, closed forum.

So you can ask questions without feeling embarrassed or worried about being judged or evaluated.

There are no stupid questions.

No questions too big.

No questions too small.

Evidence for Calm Kid Central – does it really help?

Over 500 parents and carers have signed up for Calm Kid Central in the last 18 months.

Statistical analysis of data collected prior to and after 4 months of having access to Calm Kid Central showed the following:

94% of children (as reported by their parents) experienced a significant reduction in anxiety, worry and stress symptoms

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

(Data collected from 48-57 families, measures used were the Pediatric Symptom Checklist and the Parent and Family Adjustment Scale)

What do parent/carers think?

Please note that Calm Kid Central is an educational, not therapy service and the testimonials below are about this program, and not about Developing Minds therapy services, as per Australian Health Practitioners Registry Guidelines.

I really liked the regular emails with relevant information, the range of info on the website (so I can spent a short time watching a video or spend longer looking into the areas I need support with). There is also a wide range of topics to provide relevant info in different situations (including really difficult issues like self harm in children).

Kirsty

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

Parent

Calm Kid Central is interactive, up to date and helps students, parents and children. It has helped me really help the students I work with. I’m enjoying using the videos to help children learn social skills…I would recommend it to any school well being staff.

R. Fairlie

Community Carer

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

Parent

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

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

Parent

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

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

Simple Pricing (Parents)

Monthly Membership

$28.50

/month. (Or FREE if you have your coupon*)

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Billed monthly – cancel anytime

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Learning Centre for Parents

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Learning Centre for Kids (Videos, Activity Sheets and Posters)

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Question/Discussion Centre (ask questions of our child psychologists)

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Transcripts of all Parent Videos

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Tip/Cheat Sheets for Fridge

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Essential Questions Guide for each video (start important discussions with kids) plus activity sheets and posters to print out for children

Annual Membership

$177.50

/year. (Or FREE if you have your coupon*)

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Same membership – but billed annually (save $164)

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Learning Centre for Parents

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Learning Centre for Kids (Videos, Activity Sheets and Posters)

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Question/Discussion Centre (ask questions of our child psychologists)

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Transcripts of all Parent Videos

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Tip/Cheat Sheets for Fridge

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Essential Questions Guide for each video (start important discussions with kids) plus activity sheets and posters to print out for children

(*Coupons: We currently have a limited number of FREE coupons for a year of access to Calm Kid Central.  These have been either provided directly to selected schools in rural SA and they are also available for families who live in the Adelaide metro area in South Australia, and who have a health care card. If you meet these criteria, click below.

Get my free coupon code   

If you already have your coupon code, you can just click on the sign up buttons above.

Are you a therapist, teacher, child psychologist or another professional who works with kids?

The program and pricing listed above is for parents and personal use only.

But don’t worry – we have a special Calm Kid Central program just for you.

Click on the button below to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all the videos and resources available as soon as I sign up? Will there be more released?

Yes, all of our existing videos and resources are instantly available after you sign up and log in. There are new videos, articles, activity sheets and resources are released each month.

What if I sign up and then don't find any of the resources helpful?

As child psychologists who have been working with families and professionals for 20 years, we have designed our videos and resources very carefully to make sure they are useful, reassuring and helpful.  But if you disagree – that’s completely fine.  We have a 30 day money back guarantee.  Just email us at [email protected] within 30 days of signing up and let us know you haven’t found the resources helpful and we will refund your money, no questions asked.

What if I want to cancel my membership?

You can cancel your membership at any time by simply clicking on “cancel” in your dashboard. It takes about fifteen seconds.

How do I pay? Are there any extra charges?

You pay using either your credit card or a paypal account. Your credit card or paypal will be charged every 30 days (or once a year, if you sign up for the annual membership) for the amount advertised, with no extra charges applied  Also, we let you know every month when you’ve paid so that you don’t forget you are a member and don’t continue to pay for a membership you don’t want because you’ve forgotten about it (I hate it when that happens!).  We’ll also let you know BEFORE your annual charge, if you sign up annually – to make sure you want to continue for another year.

I have a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder,autism, ADHD, learning disorder, speech and language disorder or global delay. Will Calm Kid Central still be useful for my family?

Yes. We work with hundreds of children each year with these diagnoses, and in Australia see children under the National Disability Insurance scheme. We are very familiar with the particular issues that these children have and are conscious of making sure our adult and child resources have information that applies directly to this group of families.

Can I use Calm Kid Central instead of taking my child to therapy?

Probably not.

It’s important to know that Calm Kid Central is NOT therapy. We don’t have you or your child in the room, we haven’t conducted an assessment and can’t talk with you in real time. This means there are limits to what we can do. For example, if there is a safety issue for your child, getting help over the internet is never a good idea and we recommend you see someone in person as soon as possible. Understanding this is part of the conditions for accessing this site.

However, there are some families who don’t need one on one therapy. In this case, Calm Kid Central can potentially be an extremely useful way to support and help kids and parents. We can provide ideas, information and reassurance. Often families see a therapist in person as well as belong to Calm Kid Central.

I'm a child psychologist/teacher/other profession with lots of experience in working with children. Will membership of Calm Kid Central still be helpful?

If you are a teacher, psychologist, youth worker, allied health professional – or other education or health professional working with families – we have a membership model especially for you – click here on Calm Kid Central Professional Membership to find out more!

I'm worried about my privacy, I don't want everyone to know about the questions and struggles I have with my child

Excellent question.  We are committed to protecting privacy and confidentially.  Here’s how we do this.

Firstly, Calm Kid Central is not open to the public – only signed up members who have signed a disclaimer and been provided with education about confidentiality.  No information on Calm Kid Central is accessible via a public google search.

Second, all members when they sign up are asked to choose their own username – an alias.  We have the details of people’s names “behind” the site (for safety reasons) but no real names are used within the Calm Kid Central program.

Third, we also ask parents to NOT use the name of their child, disguise any identifying details of their children.  If we see any identifiable details on the site, we remove them as quickly as possible.  This way families don’t accidentally identify themselves – and you can feel free to ask any questions without feeling worried that about being judged negatively in some way.

One final note – it is important to know that like all professionals, we are mandated notifiers of child abuse. This means that if we receive information on this site that a child is being abused, then we are legally obliged to report this (which we will do using the details members give us when signing up for the site). This happens very rarely, but it is important to know upfront.

Who is the behind this site? Who creates the resources? And what is Developing Minds Psychology?

My name is Kirrilie Smout. I’m a child psychologist from Adelaide, Australia. I’ve spent more than 20 years working with families and now direct the Developing Minds team. Our team consists of 12 child psychologists (many of whom also provide resources and answer questions here at Calm Kid Central) who see more than 150 families each week, and provide training and supervision to other professionals who work with kids.

I’ve also presented seminars and training to more than 50 thousand students (and their teachers and parents) in schools across Australia to help them learn to manage their difficult emotions and challenges in life. All these experiences have been a privilege for me. I’ve learnt an amazing amount about families, and this has helped me write several books about and for children.

Do I have to download any programs or software?

No, there is no downloading of programs or software. Provided you have an internet connection everything is streamed directly to your phone or computer. Everything is optimised for mobile phones too – so you can watch/listen while you are out of the house.

Why did you create Calm Kid Central?

In mid 2015 I worked with a family in a rural area via skype. We discovered that private health cover didn’t allow them to claim their sessions and I was really disappointed for them. I started thinking that there must be a better way – and the idea of Calm Kid Central was born. I was hoping that we could start to help families and professionals who not only live in rural areas; but who can’t afford to get to make an appointment; work full time and are time poor; work fly in/fly out jobs – or for whatever reason can’t attend our clinics in an ongoing basis. This means we can provide support, answers, supervision and education to many more people.

Our team of psychologists really do care about the young people they work with, and I have all my fingers and toes crossed that Calm Kid Central helps us ultimately reach and support hundreds of kids to feel calmer, more confident and act in more positive ways.

How do I get a free coupon?

If you live in metro Adelaide, SA and have a health care card, we have been funded to provided a year of Calm Kid Central access to you for free.  If you meet this critiera, click on the “Get my free coupon” sentence above to be sent your coupon to your email.  In addition, selected schools have “Whole School Membership” which allows every child and family in the school to have free access to Calm Kid Central – these families have been provided with the coupon by their school.  If you would like your whole school to sign up to Calm Kid Central, then please send this link to the appropriate school staff at your school.

I have more questions about Calm Kid Central, how do I get in touch with you?

We are real people here and answer our phone and emails! If you have any questions about Calm Kid Central, then you can contact us anytime at [email protected]

You can also call us during business hours 9-5pm AEST on 08 8357 1711

Sign up below

Monthly Membership

$28.50

/month. (Or FREE if you have your coupon*)

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Billed monthly – cancel anytime

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Learning Centre for Parents

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Learning Centre for Kids (Videos, Activity Sheets and Posters)

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Question/Discussion Centre (ask questions of our child psychologists)

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Transcripts of all Parent Videos

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Tip/Cheat Sheets for Fridge

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Essential Questions Guide for each video (start important discussions with kids) plus activity sheets and posters to print out for children

Annual Membership

$177.50

/year. (Or FREE if you have your coupon*)

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Same membership – but billed annually (save $164)

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Learning Centre for Parents

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Learning Centre for Kids (Videos, Activity Sheets and Posters)

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Question/Discussion Centre (ask questions of our child psychologists)

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Transcripts of all Parent Videos

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Tip/Cheat Sheets for Fridge

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Essential Questions Guide for each video (start important discussions with kids) plus activity sheets and posters to print out for children

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If you don't wish to be a member/have your card charged - please make sure you cancel your membership before the 30 day period expires..

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