Orchid Children

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The Gifted: the Myth of the Overachiever

The Gifted: the Myth of the Overachiever Giftedness, just like ADHD, autism and highly sensitive people, represents a spectrum of characteristics. Two gifted people are not alike. HSP are often gifted, but not all gifted are a HSP. There is no consensus as to how “gifted” should be defined, but one definition that resonates for … Continue reading


ADHD and Autism: an Umbrella Diagnoses Hiding Other Issues?

According to researcher Allison S. Bell[1], ADHD is the most pervasive psychological disorder among children in their schooling years (Woo & Keatinge, 2008)[2], affecting many aspects of their functioning and development. If ADHD or ADD is one of the fastest growing diagnoses in children, it seems surrounded by a wave of controversy over increase diagnosis … Continue reading

Chapter 3: Introduction

Chapter 3: Sensory abilities are not disabilities “That which you mistake for madness is but an overacuteness of the senses.” ― Edgar Allan The elimination of sensory awareness from our language and culture has resulted in their elimination from our medical narratives as well. This has had terrible consequences on the health of highly sensitive … Continue reading

Helping my kids to become aware of themselves.

I have been thinking about how much transformation our civilization is going through and how much has changed we have witnessed over the last sixty years, from the fall of many ideological, institutional power and socio-economic systems to the current death of our civilization. Communism, capitalism, socialism etc, all have fallen under the weight of … Continue reading

“Orchid” Children: A New Way Of Looking At Genetics And Our Brains

“Orchid” Children: A New Way Of Looking At Genetics And Our Brains Contemporary thinking has it that certain genes doom children to higher risk of depression, ADHD, and other difficulties. But in the right environment, these same genes may actually help kids thrive. In an Atlantic essay called “The Science of Success,” David Dobbs writes … Continue reading

The Science of Success – Magazine – The Atlantic

Genetics December 2009 ATLANTIC MAGAZINE The Science of Success Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care. So holds a provocative … Continue reading

‘Orchid children’ bloom, wither in response to surroundings

‘Orchid children’ bloom, wither in response to surroundings.(re-blogged) January 31, 2011 (PhysOrg.com) — A UA-led study backs evidence that some children are more susceptible to adverse environmental factors than others. So-called “orchid children” bloom spectacularly in positive environments but often are at risk in poor home life situations. For many young children, a stable family … Continue reading