Heemsteedse Saskia and Dorien from Vogelenzang develop new game for children | Heemsteedse Courant

marshmallows Dorien Hulsebosch from Vogelenzang and Saskia Kenselaar from Heemstede have developed a new game from their practice for child and adolescent therapy. During the corona period, exercise and play by and by children have received less attention. With the game ‘Gronkels’, they hope on the one hand to put the game back on the map and on the other hand to be able to investigate ingrained thought patterns.

Gronkels is a new, light-hearted and fast-paced game for young and old. You need fast hands and a dose of concentration. The best thing, according to the creators, is to talk playfully about ingrained thought patterns that everyone will recognize. Worry, perfectionism, negativity, intense emotions and more. “You talk about it, get to know each other and yourself better and see how things can be done differently. Play along and discover your light, resilient self, ”says Dorien.

Three of the main characters are Lotte Last, Hassan Hoog, Yentl Yeidenk. Lotte Last always feels super responsible for everything and everyone. She believes that everything that goes wrong is her fault. As a result, she always carries a heavy burden on her shoulders. Hassan Hoog sets extremely high standards for himself. He wants to make everything perfect. Of course you can not. Therefore, he is often sad, unhappy or angry. Yentl Yeidenk thinks she knows what someone else is thinking. As a result, she often looks at things negatively – and herself – and makes clumsy decisions.

Lotte, Hassan and Yentl are three of the characters in the new card game Gronkels. And so there are six more characters who do not have it easy because they are stuck in their own twists (Gronkels!). But there are also three characters who look at the world differently. Casual, airy or with pink glasses. “The errors of thought that occur in this game are very recognizable to many people,” says Saskia. “But they are also abstract. In this game, we make these fallacies concrete. By attaching a name and an image to them, you will more easily recognize them. And it helps you bend negative thought patterns. “

AN OPEN CONVERSATION The game is actually quite simple: Players must try to get rid of all their cards as quickly as possible. Stacks are created that everyone can build without waiting for their turn. If you can not place anything, take a card from the deck. “That’s how all the characters pass,” Dorien says. “But afterwards it starts in earnest. Because then a conversation starts. ” For example, as a therapist – or as a parent, teacher or colleague – you ask: which card appeals to you the most? What character do you recognize? Is it sometimes difficult? Which character would you like more of? “A wonderful energy is created immediately,” says Dorien. “An open conversation, connection. Gronkels really makes people think: it can also be done differently.” Gronkels is loosely based on psychologist Aaron Beck’s theory of erroneous conclusions and on the insights of Carol Dweck’s ‘growth mindset’. Saskia: “You learn to recognize thought patterns and analyze the extent to which your assumptions are correct.” Dorien: “You learn that you “has a quality and that you are not. And that you can control your own thought patterns – once you recognize them.”

Saskia Kenselaar and Dorien Hulsebosch started ten years ago Bloem; practice for training, coaching and child and adolescent therapy in Hillegom. This is where their expertise and enthusiasm meet. They offer accessible, solution-oriented help to children aged 6 to 23 and their parents.

SAMPLE Saskia and Dorien have extensively tested Gronkels in their practice for child and adolescent therapy Bloem and at the school where Saskia works. “This works really well,” says Saskia. “Children like to do, and often surprising things come up. And certainly not just for children – adults can also benefit from it. ”

“You see people start sparkling when they play this game,” Dorien adds. “They get a twinkle in their eye. I had a girl in practice, a real Hennie Heftig. She always reacted very emotionally to situations and therefore felt very powerless. Thanks to this game, she learned to disconnect from these feelings. And because she associated so much with Hennie, she did not feel so alone anymore. ”

The game has an introductory price of 19.95 euros (excl. Shipping costs) and can be ordered via info@kinderjeugdpraktijkbloem.nl More information can be found at kinderjeugdpraktijkbloem.nl.

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