Jacqueline, Gifted Counselor: “The best thing is when parents and kids say after a while: ‘We don’t have that many questions anymore'”

Jacqueline Prinz has her own MiraMé clinic in Ede and works as a youth aid for talented people. She guides families with a talented child. “Talent is often seen as something elitist, but as a talented person you are not always successful and you cannot do everything without effort.”

Jacqueline’s interest in talent arose after the birth of her eldest daughter. “I quickly noticed that she wasn’t a typical child. She seemed bored in the box, cried a lot, wanted a great deal of attention, and was often very alert and alert. My concerns weren’t taken seriously in the counseling office. In the end, it only turned out in the The fifth group that my daughter is exceptionally talented. Then the money fell with me, I am also very talented.”

“In the years since, I have worked as a volunteer in families where it was difficult. I wanted to be there for mothers who felt misunderstood. I felt misunderstood for a long time and wanted to spare others from research or at least help them with it. In the end, I retrained radically. I came from technical sciences and went to do family counseling after graduation. In addition to that, I was always busy reading and learning more about talent.”

to observe

Jacqueline has her own clinic since 2012. In her work she finds it very important to help the family as a whole and not just the talented child. “I supervise the development of a gifted child. A child often faces all kinds of things, develops differently, has difficulty communicating with peers and so on. Social services often look at a gifted child in the school system. I really look at the family and all that It comes to life, through the glasses of talent. It’s often difficult for parents, they usually don’t have other parents squabbling with their talented child.”

“When I belong to a family, I notice a lot first. I watch during daily activities, but also at school or while playing sports. I look at how they relate to each other in the family and the place of friction. In this way more and more of the image of the child is created. Then I will think throughout Time and I look for guidelines. I look at what works for the family and what their qualities are. That’s why I like to visit people’s homes, so I can better connect with them,” says Jacqueline.

Part of a large selection of toys in Jacqueline’s playroom. Photo: Eileen van Knoppen


“The best thing is when after a while parents and children say, ‘We don’t have that many questions anymore.’ They see it together again! When I come by, the gifted child often feels hopeless and has the idea that he or she is not okay. Or the idea that it is because of the environment that he or she is not It works well in. Parents often work hard to solve issues for the gifted child. Families are sometimes battered by setbacks. Then I help them take back control. Gifted children often have a lot of potential and a tremendous need for independence, plus they are very good at coming up with Solutions. I try to encourage that. For example in school, does the child have a little bit of a challenge? Then we think about how the child can create an additional challenge themselves. This way the gifted child blooms again and the family begins to shine again.”

loft play

Every Wednesday afternoon, Jacqueline organizes her “Play Attic”. An attic full of challenging games and activities where talented children play together. “Children don’t necessarily play very difficult games, Monopoly can be too. What matters is how they play with each other and that they understand each other. I loved it even more when I heard a boy say to someone else, “You laugh at my joke!” That is exactly what Speelzolder aims for it, that you receive this recognition and that you can form a balanced image of yourself,” says Jacqueline.

Jacqueline is pleased that more and more attention is paid to talented children and young people. We come from a time when the main concern was eating bread on the shelves. Now there is more and more scope for psychological well-being and looking at how someone actually does. More and more is known about talent. Fortunately, the idea that talented people will “get there themselves” is outdated. In addition, people can now learn more, and there is a lot of information available. It helps to better understand yourself and your child.”

Taboo atmosphere

“Talent is often seen as something elitist, but as a talented person you are not always successful and you cannot do everything without effort. It is often not well developed in all areas. In the future, I hope that talent will increasingly come out of the field taboo. And that talented people dare to go out, for others and for themselves”, concludes Jacqueline.

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