LET YOURSELF BLOSSOM

“All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment, but in the adult they are destined to become.” Mother Teresa

Laurence van Hanswijck de Jonge is a Developmental Clinical Psychologist with a background in Neuropsychology who provides developmental and psychological assessments for English speaking children between the ages of 3 and 18 at KidsAbility in the Cayman Islands. Her practice is rooted in Positive Psychology and her belief in the importance of letting our children flourish through building on their innate strengths. She is certified by the University of Pennsylvania, USA,  to run the resilience-building program for children. She is also a CogMed coach, a program geared to improving working memory and attention as well as certified in NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

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Every child is naturally whole and resourceful.  Children are born each with their own personalities, open minded  with boundless energy and ability to love. Children naturally have a great drive for learning: they are born with a natural instinct to explore and discover, they are motivated to make sense of the world around them.  The brain at birth is the only organ that is not fully developed and all experiences and relationships during the first few years of life will greatly influence how a child grows. It is possible that either at birth, during these fragile first few years or on their continued journey to adulthood there will be stressors  that impact on their emotional and behavioral health. These stressors can be medical or emotional and can alter these natural drives that children possess. I believe it is important to develop a clear and concise understanding of where the child is having difficulties. However, it is equally  as important to understand their strengths and for a child to see these clearly, these are their intrinsic motivators which give them drive. There is a balance to be struck and unfortunately our society today spends far too much time focusing on "what goes wrong" instead of "what goes right".  I believe that every child is fundamentally whole with a great myriad of strengths, I know that every child, given the possibility, has the ability to flourish.

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Images by Jenny Gignoux, Yale Scientific, WorldPress.com and greetingscardsontime.co.uk

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