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How To Understand & Help the Highly Sensitive Child

 width= It might be hard to imagine that 15 to 20% of all children are born highly sensitive, meaning they can be deeply reflective, sensitive to those things that non-HSC are not, and can be easily overwhelmed. Until recently, parents and teachers alike were not given the tools to help such children as there just was not the information out there.

Now, courtesy of Dr. Elaine N. Aron, PH.D, help is at hand...

She is the bestselling author of The highly Sensitive Person as well as The Highly Sensitive Person in Love. And then helping those HSC thrive when the world overwhelms them, she has written The Highly Sensitive Child with the dedication at the front of the book: "To sensitive children everywhere, and to those who gently raise them so that they grow up to be secure in a difficult world."

The author asks the questions:

  • Is your child sensitive to almost everything - scratchy clothes, funny tastes, loud noises or a change in routine?
  • Is your child a vivid dreamer, distressed by scary movies or fearful in new situations?
  • Is your child prone to hurt feelings, upset by criticism and eager to do things just right?
While the sensitivities of a HSC can be overwhelming, these qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children - but may also result in shyness, fussiness or acting out.

How does the book help parents and teachers?

Parents are naturally concerned when their children don't fit in to a regular pigeon hole, worrying that they may have a disorder such as ADHD or be on the Autism Spectrum - or that something else is the cause. But the book points out that when raised with proper understanding and care, highly sensitive children can grow up to be happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults. The book helps parents and teachers to explore the challenges of raising and teaching an HSC, highlighting the four keys to successful parenting while helping them to thrive in a not-so-sensitive world and ensuring that school and friendships are enjoyed. Dr. Aron has different chapters devoted to specific age groups - from newborns to teens. She includes questionnaires for parents to fill out so they can pinpoint the needs of different children - and there are even some simple projects for parents to complete. But don't let that put you off, they are not compulsory!

Is the publication the highly sensitive child for you?

 width=Just to reiterate the high proportion of these children - 15 to 20% of all children - should be enough to make you question whether indeed you should be having a look at this book. It could be your own child or that of a family member or friend who is possibly one of those affected. What have you got to lose? Available in paperback, on CD or in kindle format.    

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