Psychological Trainings

Children might develop some problems in their development at school and at home. Therefore, training sessions can be set up which consists of a psychological training plan with weekly or bi-weekly sessions. Dependent on the problem area, trainings can be offered on individual and group basis.

The psychological training plan consists of practical goals which tackle specific challenges. The content of the training plan can focus on the child's difficulty coping with the current demands of the school or due to problems in the home situation. In other words, internal and external factors could influence the social-emotional and behavioral development of your child. These problems can result in: low self-esteem, limited motivation, fear of failure, concentration problems, relationship problems with peers and family members.

An individual training could offer a good solution for your child to develop specific strategies and skills to learn how to better handle his/her current problems at home and at school. After this training, parents –and if useful the school – will receive an evaluation report about the progress of your child. You will also receive recommendations about whether to continue this training.

The training can focus on the following problem areas at school or/and at home:

  • Learning; executive functioning (attention, memory, processing speed, problem-solving and flexibility skills); visual-spatial reasoning and logical reasoning
  • Giftedness
  • Social-emotional
  • Behavior
  • Executive skills training for teenagers with ADHD/ADD
  • Stress management training for teenagers

Brain Training

I use a new cognitive software program for students (from age 6-19 years old) which is set up to improve a student’s educational performance. This program is designed for students with learning and behavioral difficulties who often have underdeveloped visual-spatial and logical reasoning abilities. It also evaluates a student’s level of development in visual-spatial skills which provides the psychologist with a profile of his/her learning strengths and weaknesses. It is also a recommended program for students who have working memory and processing speed deficits. This software provides a result oriented approach to the training program.

An additional neurocognitive software program can also be set up for students above the age of 13 to train their attention, memory, processing speed, problem-solving and flexibility skills. This training program can be implemented both in the practice and at home.

Executive skills Training

This is an effective and highly motivational training method which teaches teenagers with ADHD/ADD specific planning and organization tools. This method enables them to learn how to plan their (school) life. This training can also benefit students who display attention difficulties without a behavioral diagnosis.

This training consists of 9 sessions of one hour each. This training can be provided in Dutch as well as in English. It can be offered on an individual basis or in a small group.

Stress management Training

This is a training method for teenagers, which teaches them specific strategies for managing their stress levels. It is based on learning how to apply a special technique called mindfulness.

This training consists of 12 sessions of one hour each. It can be offered on an individual basis or in a small group.

Anxiety training

This is an anxiety program which is based on the principles of cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness and relaxation techniques. This program is set up for children and teenagers between the ages of 8-18 who worry a lot and complain about anxiety which hinders their daily lives. It is a practical method which gives insight into anxiety and it provides tips about what can be done to manage it in their daily life.

Low mood training

This is a training which is suitable for teens who feel down, which could be caused by a depression. As a result they find it hard to cope with sad and difficult feelings in their lives. Teens learn how to recognize their feelings of sadness and hopelessness and learn ways to help them deal with these negative feelings. They are encouraged to develop a more positive attitude and they learn to be more assertive. Since it can have an impact on their social life, it also helps them find new ways to make friends and deal with conflicts. It gives teens advice about how to make small changes in their life so that they can lead a brighter and more enjoyable future.

Self-esteem training

This is a training which is based on developing a better understanding of yourself by looking at negative labelling, reducing stress by managing negative feelings, strengths and weaknesses, liking and believing in yourself, finding your learning style, multiple intelligences, usage of visualization techniques and relaxation exercises.

Social-emotional and behavioral skill training

This is a training which is set up for children and teens who struggle with their social-emotional and behavioral skills in their daily life. They find it hard to relate to others, lack empathy, struggle to regulate and manage their feelings and understand basic social rules. It is suitable for children and teenagers with or without a formal diagnosis (e.g. non-verbal learning disorder, autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit disorder). The focus of the training is to learn how to read social cues, avoid meltdowns, understand others’ needs and build basic nonverbal skills. Usage of role-play and board games enable them to act out challenging situations in an informal and fun setting.

Behavioral training

This is a training set up especially for teenagers with a formal diagnosis of ADHD/ADD. Teenagers with ADHD/ADD struggle with paying attention and sitting still which interferes with their daily lives at school and at home. This training teaches teenagers to learn more about themselves by identifying their strengths and interests and using their strengths to create strategies for overcoming the ADHD-related issues they struggle with. The focus is on learning about the following skills: learning how to calm themselves down when they feel hyperactive or impulsive, develop plans for meeting the goals that matter to them most, get their life under control and organize their schedule and improve their social life by becoming a better listener and friend.

Attention/Concentration training

This is a training which is suitable for children who struggle with their concentration skills. Usage of interactive computer games, such as ‘Braingame Brian’, enables them to develop their behavior skills, such as impulse control, sustained attention, impulsivity in a fun and interactive way.

This is a training which is suitable for teenagers. Teenagers learn about how they can improve their concentration skills. They will understand how concentration works for them, how they can improve their concentration skills and how to be able to concentrate better when they have to perform in an academic setting.

Emotional training

This is a training which can be set up for teenagers who have a low self-image and feel insecure about how they look. They are engaged in unhealthy eating and exercising habits. It is hard for these teenagers to see themselves as a person rather than a number on the scale. The focus of the training is to look at the motivations behind the teenager’s relationship with food and it will help them to better understand how their need to control what they eat can end up controlling them. Once these issues are resolved they will be able to gain strength to feel more comfortable with their body, build up self-esteem and live a healthy life.

Dyslexia training

This is a personalized dyslexia remedial training program for students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia or have possible undiagnosed dyslexia. The training is based on a multi-sensory program which incorporates a program called “Units of Sound.” Through interactive computer exercises students can practice and improve their reading, spelling, dictation and memory skills. In addition to this program students can also practice their reading, writing and spelling skills by working on other programs through interactive activities, such as, “The Reading Comprehension Booster,” reading short stories and novels.

Study skills training

This training is developed for students who would benefit from learning about applying specific study skills to be able to complete their homework. During the training students will learn about the following study skills: discovering your learning style, mind-mapping, memory, reading and writing techniques, motivation, concentration, and stress management. They will learn study strategies which they can immediately apply to what they are learning about at school. Once they have acquired these newly learned study skills, then they can become more successful at school which could result in better grades.

Memory training

This is a training which is suitable for children to practice their memory skills which is often related to a learning disorder. Students will learn tips about how they can improve their own memory when they have to complete an academic task at school. Usage of memory games on the computer and board games enables them to strengthen their memory in an interactive and fun way.

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