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Children with overexcitabilities tend to be over-sensitive, and can easily become over-whelmed and over-excited. They may be nervous or shy, or they may show strong emotional reactions,” explains Simone. “Their behaviour may be inappropriate or challenging and they are often misunderstood.

Parents often feel alone, because all the normal tools and strategies don’t work, blame themselves or get blamed by their social environment for the behaviour of their children.

PowerWood is passionately dedicated to supporting those children, teenagers, young adults, adults, parents and their families.

Young people with ‘overexcitabilities’ and/or an asynchronous development often experience the world in a significantly different way: overwhelmingly profound and intense, experiencing themselves as atypical.

Intelligence, which is not the same as high achievement, is often characterised by intensity, sensitivity, ‘overexcitability’ and asynchronous development. Some children also experience extreme learning styles, vulnerability and may show worrying or challenging behaviour.

Very often children with (high) intelligence don’t achieve because of their behaviour.

“Parents who come to me often say (because intelligence is defined by achievement) that they don’t experience their child as being intelligent, or that they doubt the child’s intelligence. Also, people are often uncomfortable with talking about intelligence.” Simone explains: “The latest research confirms that intelligence is not fixed. It is like a muscle; if you don’t exercise your brain will lose its abilities.”

Our other view is that we don’t think intelligence is the most important thing. It’s not the main feature enabling success in life. It takes much more than just intelligence for that, e.g. creativity, practical abilities, passion and perseverance.

We enjoy supporting people/ families to improve their effective and constructive communication, to pursue and fulfil their passions and dreams by helping them to improve the balance between intellectual, creative (emotional) and practical abilities, enabling ‘Successful Intelligence’ (Sternberg).

PowerWood enables children, teenagers, young adults, adults, parents and families from all cultures to meet others facing similar challenges.

PowerWood likes to provide all these opportunities with the goal of producing lifelong learners who are well-educated, self-confident, happy and positively contributing members of society.

PowerWood is organising fun and informative events for families with intense, sensitive ‘over-excitable’, (more) able children and teenagers. These include Coffee mornings where parenting issues can be discussed, Workshops for Parents, Carers and Professionals, and the inspiring PowerWood Summer Camping Week with all kinds of fun activities and workshops for the whole family.

Events held within a safe and friendly environment can empower and energize development of necessary skills. Where possible, these events are held in rural surroundings where contact with the natural world offers an extra sense of leisure and pleasure.

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