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Calm Kid Central

Helping anxious, frustrated and “tricky” kids feel calm, confident and co-operative.

Does any of this sound familiar?

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You are a teacher, school counsellor, youth worker, SSO, allied health worker or psychologist who works with kids.

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*You work with a few children who particularly struggle with worry, frustration and managing emotions – and they take up a lot of your time, energy and concern.

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*These children struggle with managing impulses, changes in routine, having BIG reactions, worry, friendships or perfectionism

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*Some of these children might have been given a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, ASD, ADHD, ODD, sensory processing problems or global delay.

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*The usual ways you work with children don’t seem to work for these kids

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*They get bored or restless with your explanations or activities – or struggle to understand them

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*You would like new ideas , resources and ways of working with them – and don’t have time to come up with them yourself

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*Some days you worry that you are not helping them or seeing improvement at all

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*You’d like to have quick and easy access to a child psychologist to ask them questions about some of your most challenging professional situations

Calm Kid Central helps professionals working with children in THREE important ways.

1. We give you resources you can use with children to help them understand and manage their feelings

We have put together 2-4 minute entertaining and animated videos for children to watch with you in the therapy/classroom/small group room to help them understand worry, cope with stress, act more calmly and behave in positive ways.

Calm Down Tricks

Why do I get so mad?

Why do I get so mad?

Calming My Body

Acting Confidently

Danger Checkers; Why we worry

Kids in our therapy rooms love these videos.

Each video is accompanied by a “important questions guide” for professionals and handout for the kids.

This means you can watch the short video with children (on a desktop/ipad/tablet) and then ask them the questions listed in the guide. Watching the video and asking the questions will take between 8 and 30 minutes, depending on how much conversation you’d like to generate. But even if you only have 5 minutes – as I’m sure you know – it’s amazing the things that come out when we ask kids the right questions.

2. We give you ideas about how to teach, talk to and work with “tricky” children (and you can share these with parents too)

We have created a library of 3-10 minute videos, printables and handouts for adults (parents and professionals) 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. Videos can be watched 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)

These videos help professionals learn skills in dealing with “tricky” children. They can also be watched with parents themselves in your counselling/classroom and even be shown at parent nights/in small group parent settings. 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 classroom noticeboard/school newsletters/parent handouts with points to remember, questions to ask and strategies to use and remember the ideas in the videos

3. We Answer your Professional Questions

All professionals need supervision, help and fresh ideas at times. It is not always easy to get face to face supervision due to time constraints, costs and availability of support.

At Calm Kid Central, we provide this supervision and support online via our “Professionals Only” discussion centre. The centre is accessible wherever you are online – via your phone, computer or tablet at work or home.

Our 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.

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

Kirrilie

Clinical Child Psychologist

Taryn

Clinical Child Psychologist

Penny

Clinical Child Psychologist

Jacinda

Clinical Child Psychologist

You can also read through questions posted by other professionals like you. You will see our past answers to those questions. If you wish, you will get the opportunity to connect with other professionals working with children who are often struggling with the same things as you do. 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 paid 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.

Testimonials about Calm Kid Central

Please note that Calm Kid Central is an educational service (not a therapy service) and the testimonials below are about this program, and not about Developing Minds therapy services.

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’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

These posts are, in a word, priceless. They are an absolute game changer. Keep it up. Hats off.

Claude Dametto

Parent

Simple Pricing (Professional)

Monthly Membership

$37.50

/month.

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Billed monthly – cancel anytime

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Learning Centre for Parents/Professionals

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Learning Centre for Kids

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

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Transcripts of all Parent/Professional Videos

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Tip/Cheat Sheets for Classroom/parents

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Essential Questions Guide for each video (start important discussions with kids)

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Permission to use videos in classrooms/therapy sessions/seminars and all other professional settings

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Tax invoice sent monthly for you to claim as professional development expense

Annual Membership

$209.50

/year.

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Same membership – but billed annually (save $240.50)

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Learning Centre for Parents/Professionals

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Learning Centre for Kids

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

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Transcripts of all Parent/Professional Videos

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Tip/Cheat Sheets for Classroom/parents

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Essential Questions Guide for each video (start important discussions with kids)

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Permission to use videos in classrooms/therapy sessions/seminars and all other professional settings

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Tax invoice sent monthly for you to claim as professional development expense

Whole School or Organisation Pricing:

If you would like all the staff at your school or organisation to access all of the video, article and professional supervision on Calm Kid Central, then you might be interested in our “Whole School” pricing which is as follows:

*2-10 logins – $685 annually
*11-15 logins – $895 annually

Please note, that Australian schools who sign up for these packages are eligible for a free staff and parent presentation on “Working with Children with Emotional/Behavioural health difficulties” by Kirrilie Smout (some conditions apply – email us at kirriliesmout@developingminds.net.au for details on how to sign up as a school and eligibility for the free presentation)

Are you a parent or carer wanting to support children in your home?
The program and pricing listed above is for professionals who support kids at work.

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. And yes, there will be new videos and resources are released each month. These will be listed as “coming soon”.

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.  We will be very upset if you disagree!  But if you do – that’s completely fine.  We have a 30 day money back guarantee.  Just email us at calmkidcentral@developingminds.net.au 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. You can also just “pause” your membership if you would like to take a break for a month or two.

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

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 - or my students/clients

We encourage members to use an alias online. This way you won’t accidentally identify your child or yourself – and you can feel free to ask any questions without feeling worried that about being judged negatively in some way.

However, it is important to know that we have talked to literally thousands of families – and hundreds of professionals – over 20 years, and chances are – whatever you or your child/student/client is struggling with – you are not alone. In this way, seeing other parents and professionals’ questions can be very reassuring.

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 you 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.

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 calmkidcentral@developingminds.net.au

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

Your code has been successfully applied and gives you free access to Calm Kid Central for 30 days. Please note that after this period, your credit card/paypal account will be charged monthly at the usual monthly rate.

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..