In the media
7 Zintuigen, Monique Thoonsen and the Sensory Solutions-books are regularly mentioned and described in various media. As of yet this is only in the Dutch media. As soon as we're mentioned in English language media, we will add this below. Below are some Dutch links and reviews. (I have not yet corrected the Google translates, sorry).
'Rustmoment in the klas' Rest in the classroom I recorded two podcasts about sensory processing. You can find them here:
I was a guest on the WNL radio show It's getting late now on NPO Radio 2. It being Overresponsiveness Day. I spoke with Kimberley Dekker about how we could get used to sensory input again, after the lockdown.
Click on the illustration to listen to our conversation (In Dutch)
In front of SPPOH I was allowed to record a podcast about Wobbly and fidgeting students, prior to a webinar. In this podcast I tell about under-stimulated and overstimulated students, wobbling and fidgeting strategies that they already use (very skilful of them!) and what you can mean as a teacher. I tell you how you can make sure that students can concentrate better and use your wobbling and fidgeting to everyone's advantage.
Els Rengenhart from sensorimotor-integration.nl has written a wonderful review about the 'Wiebelen en fiemelen werkboek'.
Susan Spekschoor writes about the workbook: “What an extensive and yet well-organized workbook! The chapters are structured logically. The child first learns to get acquainted with the seven senses, then what stimuli can do to someone and then how he or she can best (learn to) deal with them. There is plenty of space to write in this workbook. In addition, there are many downloads and a video to be found.
The texts fit the child's perception of the world. There are also many illustrations with the texts. These visually display the text well. For example, how hearing works and what happens when a stimulus is applied to the skin. I think it would be nice for children to link animals to a type. I wonder if this is also interesting enough for older children (12-14 years). That depends on the child. It should be clear by now that it is not a workbook that you can use just like that. The supervisor who works with the child must have some basic knowledge of sensory processing.
If the child has insufficient insight into his or her stimulus processing or wants to know more about it, this book will certainly succeed! Highly recommended for teachers, children's coaches and counselors who work with children in a similar way.” read Check this page the whole review.
For Vakblad VROEG I wrote together with Kim Oude Egberink (High Sensitive Very Ordinary) an article about the difference and similarities between highly sensitive and overstimulated.
Many care providers wonder what the differences or similarities are between a highly sensitive and overstimulated young child. Understandable, only one often goes with the other. Being overstimulated is something that occurs more than average in people who are highly sensitive. Otherwise, this does not apply. read Check this page the whole article.
Yvonne from Mama in Limburg has also read our second book and described her experiences. She herself has a daughter with stimulus problems and writes about what the book means for her and her daughter: “The book fascinates me, as I already indicated, because my daughter has difficulty processing stimuli. And especially at home is a place where sometimes all the brakes disappear. This manifests itself in violent fits of temper and fear or just the opposite, then she is so happy that she is untreatable. But how do you deal with that. We do have a wonderful family coach who helps us with that, but of course he is not there 24/7. That is why the book 'Wiebelen en Friemelen at home' fascinated me so much.” read Check this page the review in pdf format.
Juf Anke has placed an extensive review on her site JufAnke.nl about the wiggling and fidgeting in the classroom. Teacher Anke writes in her review of others: “Not tough material, but really fascinating! … You discover that people process stimuli in different ways and through a test you gain more insight into how different people can react to the same situation. … Immediately names of children and colleagues flash through my head. Ah, that's why he always acts like that! I also read several very recognizable things myself. … Because of the repetition, the handy diagrams and colored areas with information, everything you read stays in your mind. The book is really easy to read and not difficult at all. … every teacher should read this, should know. It changes your actions and it gives you insight into your own reactions to children. Recommended!"
Thank you Jufanke.nl for this nice review! Click Check this page to read the entire review.
Arja Kerpel, teacher, has written an extensive review about 'Wobbling and fidgeting in the classroom'. “As a teacher, I can do something with most activating and calming strategies. For example breathing exercises. There are also strategies that I won't be using anytime soon. When children start doing push-ups or marching, running or dancing in place during class… it really gives me the creeps. It is therefore important to realize what type of teacher you yourself are and what effect this has on the children. Perhaps an 'Understimulated and active' type of teacher becomes completely enthusiastic about such strategies. Fortunately, each teacher can choose for himself which strategies suit him/her and especially the students. There is so much in this book that there is something for everyone.”
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The Youth News pays attention to aids in the classroom because more and more are being used. I was allowed to explain why wiggle and fidget in the classroom is necessary and why it works.
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Fabien van der Ham, also known from Philosophyjuf.nl, has placed a nice review on her site DadaDenken.nl about the Wobble and Fidget help cards. Said says: “Kids have a hard time sitting still, you don't necessarily have ADHD to do that. They just have a huge urge to wiggle and fidget. You can try to suppress this, but you can also give it space to ensure that they can then work (more) concentrated for periods.” Click Check this page to read the entire review.
Arja Kerpel, teacher, has written a review of the Help cards that belong to the book 'Wiebelen en fiemelen in de class'. “If you read the book Sensory solutions in the classroom (and at home) If you've read it, you'll want to do something with the strategies described in it. It is very useful that there are now so many strategies available in map form. It is also nice that you can lend tickets to the students. The cards are nicely designed and the cardboard is sturdy.
The goal of these strategies is to make the learner's alertness more appropriate to the task. In this way, these cards can make a constructive contribution to your education. Of course, the way you use them does influence this. I wrote more about this at the end of the book review of Wiggle and fidget in the classroom. I want to close with the closing words from that review: I think the great thing about wiggling and fidgeting in the classroom is that it teaches you to look beyond the behavior you see. Where is it from? Is the child overstimulated or understimulated? Understanding behavior better prevents misunderstanding. In addition, you can help the child better. That benefits well-being and learning efficiency.” Click Check this page to read the entire review.
Miss Janneke read our book and wrote a very nice review about it on her site jufjanneke.nl. She applies various tips and strategies in her class and shares her experiences in detail. Click Check this page to read the entire review.
We were once again guests at Signaal, the magazine of the national association of parents of gifted children. This time we wrote an article about how behavior of understimulated children can lead to wrong conclusions. Click Check this page to read the entire article.
The AD called to ask about the fidget spinners, does that really work? “Children who are understimulated sometimes need something to become alert in class. Thoonsen: ,,They are often dismissed as dreamy or uninterested, but they actually need something from the outside to shake their bodies awake. With such a toy in hand, they can suddenly pay attention to an explanation from the master.” And the opposite actually applies to the overstimulated children, they become calmer when they have something to fiddle with.” Click Check this page to read the entire article.
The NRC also wanted to know from us whether the fidget spinners really work to improve your concentration. “…is it true that fidgeting can help children to concentrate, says Thoonsen, who wrote the book about this? Sensory solutions in the classroom (and at home) wrote. Both understimulated children and overstimulated children can benefit from that kind of taught distraction. Understimulated children because they need extra stimulation – in the form of something like a spinner, that is. And overstimulated children because they just want to shut themselves off from all the stimuli around them – and that is also possible in the form of a fidget spinner. Click Check this page to read the entire article.
Juliette Vasterman, of the educational editors of the NRC Handelsblad, wrote a nice article about aids for children to improve their concentration. We told her about the influence of being under- or over-stimulated on alertness. And how you can do something about it with and without tools. Click Check this page to read the entire article.
Arja Kelper, editor at wij-leren.nl and part-time teacher in primary education, wrote a very extensive review about 'Wiebelen en fiemelen in de class'. She describes all parts of the book in detail before sharing her own opinion about the book. Part of the review:
“The beauty of Sensory solutions in the classroom (and at home) I think it teaches you to look beyond the behavior you see. Where is it from? Is the child overstimulated or understimulated? Understanding behavior better prevents misunderstanding. In addition, you can help the child better. That benefits well-being and learning efficiency.”
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Fleur Baxmeier wrote an article about Adrenaline junkies for the Viva. It's called "Everything for the kick". We explain that adrenaline junkies are predominantly understimulated and need a lot of stimuli to feel 'alive and kicking'. Click Check this page to read the entire article.
Linda Willemsen of www.klasvanjuflinda.nl has also read our book. She Engelien Houben-Feddema is an internal counselor and remedial teacher at a primary school. She reviewed “Wiebelen en fiemelelen in de class” for the National Professional Group of Counselors in Education. Click Check this page to read the entire review.
Signal is published by Pharos, the national association for parents of gifted children. We wrote an article for them about sensory stimulus processing and learning. The emphasis is on the consequences of overstimulation on learning. Many gifted people are easily overstimulated. What the article says can apply to all people who are easily overstimulated, not just gifted people. Click on the paragraph to see the entire article.
Linde Dorenbos (university PABO student) and Corinne Verheulen (orthopedagogue, foundation adoption facilities) wrote a review about 'Wiebelen en fiemelelen in de class'.
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We had a very nice interview with Lisanne van Sadelhoff. In addition to being a journalist, Lisanne is also a teacher, which caused a lot of recognition for her. She therefore asked very interesting and relevant questions. Click Check this page to read the article.
Ouders van Nu also has a publication called 'To School'. For this magazine we were interviewed by Miloe van Beek. For her article she investigated why some children have to keep moving. An interesting subject for Miloe, because she also has a son who is very wobbly at school. So enough to talk about. Click Check this page to read the entire article.
Els Rengenhart from sensorimotor-integration.nl has written a nice review about 'Wiebelen en fiemelen at home'.
“The last part of the book is again very practical. First, an explanation of the use of strategies to make your child experience more or less stimuli, and when to apply a strategy or not. This is followed by extensive tips and strategies for the care of the child, and for activities in and outside the home. This section is intended as a reference. If there is an activity that is a bit difficult for your child, you can find out what you can possibly do about it. Almost all activities in a child's life are covered here, and are described in a simple and extensive manner.
For Vakblad VROEG – for professionals who work with children aged 0-7, and their parents – I was asked to write an article about stimulus processing.
“Children who can't sit still, where brushing their teeth and washing their hair is a daily drama or where you have to say everything five times. Parents often have a hard time with this. The cause of the wobbling and fidgeting behavior can be the incorrect perception of sensory stimuli. Then there are problems with sensory information processing, resulting in overstimulation or understimulation. Fortunately, practical solutions are available for this.”
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