How We can Help
Successful IntelligenceTo 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 helpAs parents and professionals we can support them by offering the following:
- Up to date information about high-ability and its implications.
- Offer them perspective: a world view that fits their inner experiences.
- Introduce them to the necessary often practical skills to achieve a balance between intellectual, creative and practical intelligence.
Support for Parents and CarersClever 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 children valuable support in many forms.
First of all join the PowerWood Group on FaceBook and get connected. If wished PowerWood offers individual, couple or family Support sessions can be by phone (UK), Skype, FaceTime or during a home visit with an experienced PowerWood Coach, you can book a Free Introductory Talk by scrolling down and filling in the form. PowerWood also offers online support Groups using video conferencing, workshops for parents and carers, PowerWood Camp where you can learn while enjoying the beautiful countryside of Devon near the beach or you can join the PowerWood Authentic Communication Training.
Up to date informationFor 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 high-ableTo 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 skillsSome 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.
World LanguageAll children and teenagers can be taught to communicate in ‘World Language’ (Groebbé, 2007). ‘World Language’ permits them to communicate internal processes in an easy and understandable manner from a young age on. The method makes them aware when they use their intellectual, creative or practical intelligence and they learn to evaluate if their choice and behaviour was the most conducive choice and the practice adds towards the balance between intellectual, creative and practical intelligence.
Simone de Hoogh is also a qualified teacher trainer for ‘World Language’.
Free talk with a PowerWood professional
If you like you can contact us to discuss the results of the Overexcitability Questionnaire or learn more with a Free Introductory Talk with an experienced professional.