Calm Kid Pro

Support, training and resources to help child therapists, counsellors and teachers work effectively and confidently with children with emotional/behavioural/social challenges
Does any of this sound familiar?
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You are a teacher, school counsellor, child psychologist, youth worker, SSO, allied health worker or other professional who works with children and families.

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Your day involves supporting children (and parents/caregivers) with managing anxiety, frustration, social situations, trauma, behaviour, disability and difficult life or family events.

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Increasing numbers have anxiety, ASD, ADHD, ODD or sensory processing issues. Even without formal diagnoses, many children seem to be becoming more complex.

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At times your job is isolating – you’d like to have quick and easy access to another experienced professional to ask them questions or get support

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You would like new ideas, activities, videos, articles and resources to use with children and parents – and don’t have time to come up with them yourself

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Some days you feel a lack of confidence in what you are doing with families and worry it’s not working! (join the club!)

Calm Kid Central supports professionals working with children in THREE important ways.
1. Videos lessons, activity sheets and handouts to use with children – and their parents and carergivers – to improve children’s well-being
On Calm Kid Central there are video lessons, activity sheets and posters to use with children in class/counselling or therapy rooms to help them understand worry, cope with stress, act more calmly, get better at making/keeping friends and behave in positive ways.  These can be used as “one off” activities or used “in order” to form three short courses:
1. Managing worry and anxiety,
2. Learning to feel calm and co-operative,
3. Friendship skills.

Calm Down Tricks

Why do I get so mad?

Calm and Confident Thoughts

Coping with “Mean” behaviour

Acting Confidently

Getting Good Sleep

Video lessons can be used with children individually in counselling rooms within the context of therapy (ie used within a counselling session), or in a group context (ie as a course).  Click the “triangle” play button on the video below to see some snippets from a few selected videos in the Children’s Learning Centre.
There are also 3-10 minute videos, articles and handouts to give/use with parents/carergivers to give them training and tips about how to support and talk to their children.  Each video includes an audio recording of a parent/child interaction to give parents/carers practical ideas of how they might manage conversations.

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)

Click the “triangle” play button on the video below to see some snippets from a few selected videos in the Parent/Caregiver’s Learning Centre..
2. We help you feel more confident and skilled at working with children and families by providing you with training and information
In our “Professionals only” library we have videos, articles and some brief research reviews which help professionals working with children get access to professional development in your own time, and from your own therapy/classroom/home.

We are still building this library, but currently have approximately 15 articles, 5 videos, 4 literature reviews and one webinar – specifically for counsellors, therapists, allied health workers and teachers who work with children.  Topics include:

Working with sad children, Using empathy, Bereavement in children, Generalised anxiety disorder, Working with parent/caregivers more effectively – and so on.  More are being added each month.

3. We provide you with individual support and consultancy about tough situations you face at work with families
As professionals we all need support in working with children and their families.   Sometimes it’s having an answer to a thorny question, sometimes it’s an idea of where to get resources, and sometimes it’s just general support.  But it can be hard to find time/the right person to get this supervision or support.

At Calm Kid Central, you can click our “Professionals Only” discussion centre on your phone, computer or tablet and ask unlimited questions whenever you like.  Our panel of experienced and fully qualified child psychologists (from the Developing Minds Clinics in South Australia) will carefully read and answer your question within 48 hours.

 

The Calm Kid Central Team
The Calm Kid Central Team is made up of a five person child psychologist panel, our community education officer and our admin and technical support team.

Our clinical child psychologists all have Masters degrees in psychology, have worked exclusively with children and families for between 8 and 22 years and are fully registered and accredited by APHRA. We are also passionate about children’s well being. We believe the evidence best supports a cognitive-behavioural approach to children’s mental and emotional health. However, we are also strongly influenced by attachment theory and believe children’s emotional well being is best served by having them feel securely loved and safe in their relationships, use lots of mindfuless/acceptance commitment therapy strategies and ideas and also take a systems approach to working with children – they don’t exist in a vaccuum! We also try to take a “symptoms based/solutions orientated” way of working in trying to focus on the here and now. We steer away from a purely behavioural understanding of children’s challenges, and tend to be wary of punishment/excessive use of time out, although understand that for some families these strategies might be useful when used gently and appropriately. For more information about each of our team, you can click on the “plus” signs below.

Kirrilie Smout (Clinical Psychologist and Director of Calm Kid Central and 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, has supervised over 50 psychologists and has provided training to psychologists and other professionals throughout Australia.

Today Kirrilie is the director of Developing Minds Psychology and manages and supports the team of 17 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 is regularly consulted by print, radio and TV media in relation to psychological issues and has numerous articles published in a variety of newspapers and journals.  She has written three books about and for young people, is the developer of the online program 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.

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.

She works particularly with children and young people, and has experience in working with separation anxiety, phobias, mutism, behaviour problems, substance use, and friendship difficulties among many other issues.

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.

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’s roles have included providing therapy and conducting assessments with kids and teens and providing professional development and support for families, teachers and health care workers.

Penny draws on a range of evidence-based frameworks and adapts her approaches to meet the needs of clients and their families. However, her work most often draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Attachment Theory (for example Circle of Security©).

Penny aims to help children and young people understand that their wide ranging emotions are all part of what makes them human but to also equip them with skills to better manage their tricky emotions (e.g. anxiety, depression, sadness, anger) and adapt their behaviour (e.g. conflict management, social skills, avoidance, challenging behaviour) to lead a full and rewarding life despite any hardship they experience. In her work with families, she works to support parents and caregivers to better understand and be attuned to their child’s needs in order to more effectively support their emotional and behavioural development.

Although she loves working with all age groups, Penny has a particular interest in working with young children and their families and has many years of experience working in Early Childhood Settings.  Penny is also trained to run Circle of Security© – Parenting Groups .

Penny is the Team Supervisor at Aberfoyle Park and provides clinical and professional supervision and crisis supervision to the other Developing Minds psychologists at Aberfoyle Park.

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 eleven years working in both the public and private sectors.  She worked as a psychologist with the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) for many years and therefore has extensive knowledge in childhood development and the assessment and treatment of learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural issues.  Within DECD, Jacinda provided support to teachers, SSO’s and families about how to support kids with extra emotional/social/learning needs at school and in the classroom.  Jacinda has also worked previously as a psychologist within an Adelaide R-12 school and as well as providing support to students, provided significant numbers of hours of consultation to school staff and parents about how to manage student well being within a classroom and home setting.

As well as working within schools and the education department, Jacinda has 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.    Jacinda also has experience working within the drug and alcohol area, adult mental health and child health care settings.  Through her PhD research, she is also knowledgeable in the areas of caregiving, coping, illness and grief and loss.

Finally, Jacinda has also had many years of working with children and teens individually in a therapy setting. As a result, she is passionate about helping young people who are finding life difficult because of learning issues, eating problems, sleep difficulties, family and relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, issues related to gender and sexuality and other issues.

She is keen to help people learn ways of managing such issues so that they don’t get in the way of living the life they want.

Jacinda’s therapeutic approach is eclectic and adapted to the individual client and their presenting concerns. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) feature predominantly in her work.

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 experience 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 draws on a number of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, in addition to her knowledge of child development and paediatric neuropsychology, to assist in her understanding of the challenges children and young people face. This understanding allows Kate to tailor her therapeutic approach to suit each child or young person individually.

Kate aims to work in collaboration with children, young people, and their families to assist them in building on their strengths and learning further skills to help them to manage the difficulties they are experiencing. Kate is passionate about supporting children and young people of all ages and enjoys using humour and play in her therapy sessions to facilitate children and young peoples’ understanding and engagement in the therapeutic process.

Also – as a professional, you will also have access to the separate “Parent/Carer question centre.  In this question centre, parents ask our psychologists questions about their children at home.

You will be able to read our child psychologists’ detailed answers to these questions.  It’s a bit like being able to “sit in” on another professional’s education sessions with other parents – which can give you ideas about how you might support parents/carers too.

 

What kinds of questions have our child psychologists answered for professionals on Calm Kid Central?

How do you deal with aggression in the therapy room?
What resources do you use with children who have experienced trauma?
How do you help 6 and 7 year olds develop flexibility when things don’t go their way?
What resources do you have for children to help develop “body awareness” when they are getting angry?
How do you work with 10 year olds and their parents who report past bullying?
How would you help a 7 year old adjust to divorce/family separation?
What ideas do you have to help Year 1 with psycho-somatic complaints/constantly hurting themselves?
How to help an 11 yo develop better theory of mind?
What is the current thinking on using rewards in the classroom from a psychological perspective?
And many, many more.

What kinds of questions have our child psychologists answered for parents on Calm Kid Central this year?

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.

Evidence for Calm Kid Central

1000 families and professionals use Calm Kid Central and CalmkidPro.

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. 

  • 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

(Measures used were the Pediatric Symptom Checklist and the Parent and Family Adjustment Scale, N=81)

Preliminary data (N=12 – data collection for professionals currently underway) showed that 100% of professionals who have used the program rated it an 8, 9 or 10 out of 10 for helpfulness in their work. 

The videos are great for the age group I work with (mainly 6-10 year olds). I also use the tip sheets to give to parents. The concepts are easy to follow and good also for parent education. 10/10 for helpfulness of the program. Clinical Psychologist working with children (NSW)

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

It has made a huge difference to my work in regional South Australia to have instant access to such practical and straightforward and professional psychological support through CKC – this (service) is bridging gaps in services for country families and truly making a difference. Child Well Being Practitioner (Schools)

South Australia

Videos to share with parents and children and corresponding prompt sheets to help with supportive discussion State based mental health Worker

South Australia

Love what you are doing and the use of video clips with children has been really helpful. Clinical Psychologist

Victoria

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

What's most helpful is (being able to distribute info, particularly when I know about kids going through particular situations - and the fact sheets, work sheets and videos for SSOs to use with kids I case-manage. Child Well Being Practitioner (Schools)

South Australia

The videos offer a great way to connect with students and support them with the issues they have. Often much better than just talking.
I feel confident that the information is professional and up to date. Educator

Pricing

           

$37.50 per month or $209.50 per year
(or free if you have a coupon)*

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No minimum commitment – easy to cancel anytime in two clicks

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Learning Centre for Kids – videos, activity sheets, discussion questions to use in classrooms and therapy rooms

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Learning Centre for Parents – videos, articles and discussion questions for professionals to use with parent/caregivers in the counselling /therapy room

34 Learning Centre for Professionals – videos, articles, research updates and webinar for professionals to learn about working with children with emotional, social and behavioural challenges

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Question/Discussion Centre (ask questions of our child psychologists and get text based supervision, professional consultancy within 48 hours)

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Tax invoice for you to claim as a professional development expense (ie like claiming for attending a seminar or receiving supervision)

* Please note if you work with families in the Fleurieu or Yorke Peninsula in SA, or in the Gippsland Region of Victoria, you are eligible for a year of free access to CalmKidPro.  If this applies to you, click below to get your free coupon code sent to you via email.

Are you a parent or carer wanting to support children in your own 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. There are new videos 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 (no minimum time commitment) by simply clicking on “cancel” in your dashboard.  It takes about 20 seconds to cancel so there are no hoops to jump through.

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.  We will remind you BEFORE your annual subscription is charged, and we will also let you know every month that you are being charged on the monthly subscription – so you don’t forget and rack up monthly charges for a membership you’ve forgotten you had (I hate it when that happens!)
I work with children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder,autism, ADHD, learning disorder, speech and language disorder or global delay. Will Calm Kid Central still be useful in my work?
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 parent and child resources have information that applies directly to this group of families.
Why did you start this program?
A few years ago I developed the Calm Kid Central program for families, with a vision that families could help their children with anxiety, behavioural struggles or social problems from home, using video and worksheets, and ask our child psychologists for support.  Once I did that, I realised that our child psychologists at the Developing Minds Clinic (including myself) were increasingly using these in the clinic too. I thought it would be great if we could make them available for professionals everywhere.

At the same time, our clinic was growing rapidly (we now have 17 child psychologists working together) and I saw how valuable it was for all of us to have support, supervision from our most experienced psychologists, and professionals to talk to about the latest research, available resources and get training from each other.  I know that not everyone works in this environment so we developed the Calm Kid Central professional program, not only to provide resources for professionals to use with families – but also to be a source of training and support.

My vision is for Calm Kid Central professional membership to be a place you go to get questions answered, find the training you need and get the resources you need to work effectively with children and families.

I'm worried about my privacy, I don't want everyone to know about the questions I have with my students/clients
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 (professional and parent 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 professionals and parents to NOT use the name of their child, disguise any identifying details of children/schools they are working with.  If we see any identifiable details on the site, we remove them as quickly as possible.  This way families and professionals 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.

Fourth, just as a reminder, the professional Question centre is only open to professionals who work with children (teachers, child psychologists, allied health workers and counsellors).

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.

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.
I'm not ready to sign up but I'd like to get your free articles
If you’d like to get a free fortnightly article on working with kids and teens with emotional, social or behavioural challenges, please click here:  Get Articles via email
I'm interested in every family/staff member at our school having access to CKC
If you are a school leader or principal and would like all the staff AND every family to be able to access Calm Kid Central, so that students can watch videos at home as well – and families can access our child psychologists themselves to ask us questions, then you might be interested in Whole School Membership.  Go to www.calmkidcentral.com/schools for information
Is there a discount if more than one staff member at our school/organisation join?
Yes!
3-4 memberships (in same organisation) – $495 for a year of access of all of you
5-10 memberships (in same organisation)- $685 for a year of access for all of you
11-15 memberships (in same organisation)- $895 for a year of access for all of you
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

I'm not sure yet - may I please have a free two day trial?
Well sure, given you asked so nicely 🙂
Go here:  My free trial

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