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

marshmallows Dorien Hulsebosch of Vogelenzang and Saskia Kenselaar of Heemstede have developed a new game from their practice of treating children and young adults. In the time of Corona, training and playing with and through children has received less attention. With the game “Gronkels” they hope on the one hand to replay the map and on the other hand to be able to investigate established patterns of thought.

Gronkels is a new light and fast-paced game for young and old. You need a quick hand and a bit of focus. The best thing, according to the makers, is to playfully talk about established thought patterns that everyone will recognize. Anxiety, perfection, negativity, intense feelings and much more. “You talk about it, get to know yourself better and see how things could be done differently. Play along and discover your resilient, resilient self,” says Dorian.

Three of the heroes are Lott Last, Hasan Hogg, and Yintel Yedenk. Lotte Last always feels super responsible for everything and everyone. She thinks that everything that goes wrong is her fault. As a result, she always bears a heavy load on her shoulders. Hassan Hogg sets very high standards for himself. He wants to do everything perfectly. Of course you can’t. Therefore, he is often sad, unhappy or angry. Intel Yedenk thinks she knows what someone else is thinking. As a result, she often sees things — and herself — negatively and makes clumsy decisions.

Lotte and Hassan Wintel are three of the characters in the new card game Gronkels. Thus, there are six other characters that weren’t easy, because they are stuck in their own twists and turns (Gronkels!). But there are also three personalities who view the world differently. Relaxed, airy or with rose-colored glasses. “The thinking errors that happen in this game are too recognizable for a lot of people,” Saskia says. “But it is also abstract. In this game we make those fallacies tangible. By associating a name and an image with them, you will recognize them more easily. This helps you to discourage negative thought patterns.”

open conversation The game is actually quite simple: players have to try to get rid of all their cards as fast as they can. Piles are created so that anyone can build them without waiting for their turn. If you can’t put anything, you take a card from the pile. “That’s how all the characters go through,” Dorian says. “But then it really started. Because then a conversation would start.” For example, as a therapist – or as a parent, teacher, or colleague – you ask: Which card do you like the most? What character do you recognize? Is this difficult sometimes? What character do you want more of? “Nice energy is created instantly,” Doreen says. “An open conversation, a connection. Gronkels really makes people think: It could also be done differently.” Gronkels is loosely based on the fallacy theory of psychologist Aaron Beck, and on the insights of Carol Dweck’s “growth mindset.” Saskia: “You learn to recognize patterns of thought and analyze the validity of your assumptions.” Dorian: “You know you have an advantage, that you don’t. And that you can direct your own thought patterns — once you recognize them.”

Saskia Kinslar and Doreen Holsebusch I started ten years ago Bloom. Practice for training, guidance and treatment of children and youth in Hillegom. This is where their expertise and enthusiasm meet. They provide accessible, solution-oriented help for children ages 6 to 23 and their parents.

a test Saskia and Doreen have tested Gronkels extensively in their practice of treating children and young adults with Bloem, and at the school where Saskia works. “It works really well,” Saskia says. Kids love to do this, and surprising things often come up. And certainly not just for kids – adults can also benefit from that.”

“You see people start to shine when they play this game,” Dorian adds. “They get a twinkle in their eyes. I had a girl in this practice, a real Henny Heftig. She always reacted very emotionally to situations and therefore felt very helpless. Thanks to this game, she learned to distance herself from those feelings. And because she attached herself to Henny so much, she didn’t anymore You feel lonely anymore.”

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

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