Wietske Boon
B.Socsci (Hons) Psychology UP.
MDIAC (Play Therapy) Unisa.

Specialises in the following aspects regarding children and adolescents:

Emotional assessment
Did your child experience trauma and you are uncertain if he/she dealt with it?
Are you unsure if your child can cope emotionally?
Does your child experience difficulty to communicate his/her emotions effectively?

Emotional development
Are you concerned about your child’s emotional reactions on daily events?
Does your child have difficulty handling his/her emotions?
Does your child have difficulty communicating his/her emotions effectively?

Behavioural difficulties
Are you concerned about your child’s temper tantrums?
Is your child often disobedient?
Does the school often complain about his/her behaviour?

Social skills
Does your child make appropriate eye-contact?
Does he/she have good relationships with friends?
Is he/she extremely shy or withdrawn?

Changes in environment

Are you feeling unsure how your child will cope with a new baby in the family?
Are you concerned if your child will adapt at a new school?
Does your child have difficulty settling in after you moved?
Are you planning to immigrate and want to prepare your child for the changes?

Divorce
Are you unsure how to prepare your child for your divorce?
Are you concerned about your child during or after your divorce?
Does your child have difficulty accepting the changes due to divorce?

Medical conditions
Will your child be admitted to hospital, but he/she has a fear for doctors and hospitals?
Is there a family member who is ill and you feel unsure how to explain the illness to your child?
Does your child have difficulty handling a loved one’s illness?

Death and the grieving process

Did a loved one pass away?
Do you feel unsure how to prepare your child for the death of a loved one who is terminally ill?
Is your child terminally ill and he/she needs therapy to deal with his/her emotions?

Children with special needs
Are you concerned about your child’s emotional development?
Does your child need help learning appropriate social skills?
Do the brothers/sisters have issues regarding a child’s special needs?

Preventative interventions
Are you concerned if your child will handle certain situations appropriately in future?
Do you want your child to learn the necessary skills he/she will need in future?
Do you want to prepare your child emotionally and socially for the future?

Parental guidance
Do you have questions you want to discuss with a therapist?
Do you doubt in your parenting style?
Do you feel you need guidance regarding education and child development?

 

Research publication: Siblings of children with cancer's experience in the family dynamics after treatment.

The problem that motivated the study was that siblings of children with cancer may experience the relationships within the family differently after cancer treatment. The purpose was to investigate and describe how family dynamics are experienced by the siblings of a cancer patient after his/her treatment for cancer.

The research methodology includes qualitative research of an explorative and descriptive nature. Data were collected through unstructured interviews with siblings of children who had received treatment for cancer. From this data eight categories were identified accordingly. Although the data do not indicate that siblings experienced family dynamics after treatment as problematic, as expected, the information contributes by making parents of cancer patients more aware of the siblings' emotions and needs.