Highly able neurodivergent children (including dual or multiple exceptional (DME)), may have an innate heightened intensity, sensitivity and hyper-reactivity and have not developed emotional regulation skills yet, which may sometimes lead to unhelpful behaviours. These may present as being grumpy, lashing out, overly worrying, sleep or food issues, picking fights or emotional withdrawal. Children may even display characteristics associated with psychological disorders which we call narrowing behaviours. Narrowing behaviours may limit children’s freedom to develop, affect their courage to dream and ultimately impact their ability to achieve their personal, intellectual and emotional aims.
This workshop will grow your understanding of where these behaviours stem from and will include tactics about how you can react constructively when your child is behaving in these ways. It will help you support your child to cope with uncomfortable feelings and turn around unhelpful habits. You will receive practical tips, tools and strategies around, for example, argumentative talk, anxiety, emotional outbursts – as well as support and encouragement for you as a parent, because empowered parents are in a much better place to provide the care our exceptional children need.
Simone de Hoogh
Simone de Hoogh is the founding director of PowerWood and is an ECHA Specialist in Gifted Education, Parenting and Educational consultant and Life Coach with more than 20 years experience of working with highly able and neurodiverse children, teens and adults. Over the years she has developed the Multilevel Emotion Regulation Theory (MERT) that helps to understand and feel compassion towards our child (and ourselves as parents) and enables us to strategically support our child to develop independent emotional regulation skills.
MERT underpins many simple strategies and tools we can use directly to support our children in directing positively the energy associated with neurodiversity towards self-chosen goals. You can read Simone’s blogs and contact her at [email protected].