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The Behavioural Dimension of Sensing


The first clue sensory experiences may be unbalanced is a child’s behaviour. An over-stimulated child who does not yet have the literacy nor the words to express sensory distress will turn to “out of control” behaviours to indicate something is wrong. If as a parent we can learn to recognize that cue, we can then … Continue reading

Layer 1: Inputs: The Hidden Dimensions of Sensory Perception Conclusi


Considering space as vital to sensory health, its quality becomes important to well-being, this leads to examine the role of the environment on a child’s sensory experience as it shapes the positive or negative nature of that energy. Consequently, understanding a highly sensitive child’s sensory health requires “detective” work since what is toxic can be … Continue reading

Sensory Experiences of Social and Cultural Contexts


Taking a deep look at our family lives, and cultural contexts, and given their heightened sensory capacities, also examining the physical environments they live in, for potential toxic experiences is crucial to understanding the environment that is influencing highly sensitive children’s behaviour. Particularly important aspects of sensory experience to explore are familial experiences, as they … Continue reading

The Senses: Center Of A Complex Perceptual Syste


Our body acts as a sensory input device that allows us to understand the world. Our theory of mind is informed by sensory experiences. Feeling and thinking happens once these experiences have been processed. There lies another difficulty to understanding the unique sensory experience of a child. What we understand as being the senses alters … Continue reading

Highly Sensitive Children’s Holistic Experience of the Environment: Identity and Sensory Experiences of Spatial and Social contexts


Holistic Experience of the Environment: Identity and Sensory Experiences of Spatial and Social contexts Interestingly, the quadrivia approach, that we saw earlier, reinforces from a theoretical perspective what aboriginal culture already articulated: a child exists in a social context, a family, a community and the world. Adapted from Cindy Blacksock’s aboriginal health model, which we … Continue reading

The Hidden Dimensions of Sensory Perception


Part 1: Inputs: The Hidden Dimensions of Sensory Perception According to Dr. Aron, a characteristic of highly sensitive children is their sensory processing sensitivity. Sensory processing sensitivity is proposed to be an innate trait associated with greater sensitivity to environmental and social stimuli (Aron et al. 2012)[i]. Researchers Nilda Cosco and Robin Moore explain that … Continue reading

Highly Sensitive Children’s Sensory Health Framework


HSC’s Sensory Health Framework The subsequent framework is based on the following hypotheses: 1) Highly sensitive children uniquely combine heightened sensory intelligence to other forms of intelligence, which impart them with a different identity formation. 2) The characteristics of modern space influence highly sensitive children’s sensory experiences and, as a result, their well being. 3) … Continue reading

Integrative Theory: A Plurality of Perspective


Integrative Theory: A Plurality of Perspective In 1977 American philosopher Ken Wilber came up with the integrated theory framework to understand the complex experiences an individual encounters when perceiving reality: Integral approaches to any field attempt to be exactly that: to include as many perspectives, styles, and methodologies as possible within a coherent view of … Continue reading

Chapter 6: Introduction: A Sensory Base Integrated Health Framework for Highly Sensitive Children


Chapter 6: A Sensory Base Integrated Health Framework for Highly Sensitive Children “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates It is clear that without sensory literacy, we will continue to inadvertently disadvantage and hurt some of our most sensitive children. As we discussed in chapter 4, we tend to be unaware … Continue reading

Chapter 5: Conclusion


Conclusion: The Need For A framework to Decolonize the Senses Whereas Ancient health wisdoms understood that our senses and space are central to our well being, modern cultures have colonized space and the senses, and led us to forget their importance. In the process we lost access to the wisdoms and knowledge of the past … Continue reading

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