Highly sensitive children are everywhere. Researchers suggest that more than 15% of kids are HSC. Such youngsters notice the subtleties of life more – like how the bamboo sounds when it blows in the wind outside my office, or if my “therapy dog” Sheeba the pug has taken a shower today. They pick up on the sounds, smells, visuals and other sensory input in a laser like way. It’s a gift however, as you can imagine, it also has the power to overwhelm them at times too. (More Info: “The Highly Sensitive Child” PT blog post)
Parenting these highly aware children also has its challenges. One of my clients explained it this way: “I have to think before we go anywhere, will this be OK for Ava? Or will we have a meltdown?” So part of successfully parenting a highly sensitive child includes figuring out how to avoid the “triggers” that cause upset, and replace them with “boosters” that nurture their spirit.
With that in mind, I wanted to share 7 Survival Tips for Success with Highly Sensitive Children, and they are:
By gaining a deeper appreciation for the gifts of highly sensitive children, and “seeing” their sensitivity as an asset in this world – we, as parents, can ultimately help them navigate their way easier. Part of that includes avoiding the “triggers” the cause meltdowns, and adding “boosters” that enliven their spirit and help them be who they came here to be.
Maureen Healy is a practicing children’s emotional health expert. Her specialty is helping highly sensitive children (and their families) succeed. She is also the author of Growing Happy Kids: How to Foster Inner Confidence, Success and Happiness, and popular contributor to the PBS series, This Emotional Life.