Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Curious Kids Can Learn to Be Happy

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Curious Kids Can Learn to Be Happy

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Byline: Rae Wilson

Does your child ever say ...

I'm dumb

It's too easy

It's too hard

I'm bored

Everyone is mean to me

No one will be my friend

KRISTY Crabb has her nine-year-old daughter back.

A new improved version who is better at her maths, reading, spelling and handwriting.

One who smiles, walks with confidence and atalks your head offa.

The Maroochydore mum, also a full-time barrister, said Madison had become unbearable at home but it was not until they moved from Bribie Island to Maroochydore that the problems came to a head.

She learned her daughter had a learning disability, ADHD, had been bullied and her self-esteem was suffering.

"I went from thinking she was really on top of everything to realising she had a learning disability. We didn't know what to do or where to turn," she said.

"You want to give them the best start in life, but I didn't want her on Ritalin and drugged out of her mind.

"I googled counsellors and tutors in Maroochydore and by chance I came across the Curious Kids Can website."

Mrs Crabb said her daughter was six weeks into an eight-week program and the changes were tangible.

"I was noticing she was very nervous all the time. She would bite her nails and was a ball of anxiety," she said.

"She was making life quite miserable for our whole family because she was so angry and upset all the time.

"Everyone was tip-toeing around so we didn't make her cranky.

"She's so much happier now, more confident. She will talk your head off now where before she was introverted.

"Maddy's fantastic at sports and she wins her swimming carnivals and does well at nippers. You would think that would be enough but it wasn't. She needs to be respected by her peers at school.

"Now that she's standing up for herself at school and not being bullied and has more confidence, those negative emotions don't need to come home. …

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