Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 14.20.40Successful Intelligence

To be able to become ‘successful intelligent’ (Sternberg, 1996) the high-able and talented child or teenager needs to learn to balance intellectual, creative and practical intelligence.

How we can help

As parents and professionals we can support them by offering  the following:

Support for Parents and Carers

Clever neurodiverse children and teenagers can be intense, sensitive and strong-willed, whether they are achieving or not, and can have challenging behaviours, even to the point one doubts his or her intelligence.
Parents and carers are sometimes at their wit’s end and don’t know any more how to deal with their child or teenager, how to respond effectively to their behaviour, how to read their needs etc.
PowerWood offers families with sensitive, intense, ‘overexcitable’, more-able neuro diverse children valuable support in many forms.

Up to date information

For high-able and talented children and teenagers it is sometimes difficult to understand themselves and the world around them because often they experience themselves, others and their world differently from their peer group. Thus their self and world view is not confirmed by their surroundings, which can be confusing in periods of transition in life, especially in puberty when peers are so very important.
Information on appropriate intellectual level will give them a deeper understanding of how high-ability can influence development and personality.

Perspective for the neurodiverse high-able

To live in a world that does not seem to correspond with personal experience can be perceived as surreal, and because of that children and teenagers can lose their sense of self and sense of the world. This can influence their drive, intrinsic motivation and joy of living dramatically.
A conducive perspective can be offered within the Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) developed by Dabrowski (1970) that brings comprehension and appreciation for themselves and others and encouragement to use their qualities in a positive constructive way and the motivation to use their qualities towards a better world. (Dabrowski, 1970; Daniels & Piechowski, 2009; Mendaglio, 2008; Silverman, 2000)

Necessary skills

Some important skills are thinking skills: to be able to think creatively, critically and constructively; problem solving skills; leadership skills; co-operation skills; street smart skills; communication skills: to communicate effectively during processes, express criticism in a constructive and effective way and evaluate own achievements and behaviour; organisational skills: to be able to organise one’s work and progress efficiently and last, but not least, urge and stress management.

Multilevel Emotion Regulation Theory

Multilevel Emotion Regulation Theory (MERT) is a holistic theory developed by  Simone de Hoogh.  The theory explains how neurodiverse (young) individuals and parents of neurodiverse children can develop emotional regulation skills and direct their energy towards self-chosen goals, and contribute to society.   

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*Overexcitability Test

OE (Overexcitability) is an element of a Developmental Theory –Theory of Positive Disintegration by Dabrowski- that is one of the underpinning theories of MERT (Multi-level Emotion Regulation Theory) developed by Simone de Hoogh. Overexcitability explains and allows us to look at ‘extreme’ behaviour as a valuable asset in our or our children’s life. 

Find out if you or your child has OE (OverExcitability) as well

*Boundary Test

A HUGE thank YOU to the son and daughter of Ernest Hartmann’s who gave PowerWood permission to use and put the full academically approved questionnaire about the Boundary in the Mind on PowerWood’s website.

Find out how the Boundary in the Mind affects you or your child