More able neurodiverse children, teenagers and (young) adults can encounter many problems on their path towards adulthood, unaware of the fact that the problems they experience often are related to their different way of processing and experiencing the world. Many are even unaware of being different, just feel ‘not good enough’ or ‘not normal’.
There is evidence to suggest that problems encountered increase with IQ, some even suggest that having an IQ over 120 is not really an advantage at all.
Challenging to Parents and Professionals
Parents are sometimes at their wit’s end and don’t know any more how to deal with their child, how to respond effectively to their behaviour, how to read their needs etc.
Unfortunately, teachers and professionals are sometimes not capable of supporting more-able neurodiverse children in a constructive way because high-ability is a relatively new field in psychology and education, therefore hasn’t been given much attention during their training.
Becoming knowledgeable about high-ability makes it possible for teachers to support the more-able child in a constructive manner and it will help parents to improve the understanding of their own child and the dynamics in the family. Knowledge about high-ability will give them tools to deal with the child in an appropriate way.
PowerWood advocates being informed about high-ability and besides meeting the intellectual needs to also focus on the social and emotional needs of the more able child both in school and at home, with the goal of producing well-educated, self-confident, productive, happy and lifelong learners.
More-able neurodiverse children, regardless of their talent area, age, ethnic region, or economic level, need our support too!
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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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.
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.