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Highly Sensitive Children


Highly Sensitive Children Highly sensitive people have a nervous system that is more sensitive to subtleties. This means that regular sensory information is processed and analyzed to a greater extent, which contributes to creativity, intuition, sensing implications and attention to detail, but which may also cause quick over-stimulation and over-arousal (Aron, 1996)[1]. These individuals could … Continue reading

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

Emotional Contagion: Being an “Emotional Sponge”


Empathy is a universal human ability. When it is genuinely missing or inadequate, such as in cases of autism or psychopathy, we describe it as a serious mental illness. Like most other human qualities however, empathy may be innately stronger in some individuals. It can also be consciously or unconsciously fostered or defended against. As … Continue reading

HSP – High Sensitivity Across the Life-Span


HSP – High Sensitivity Across the Life-Span By Susan Meindl Expert Author Susan Meindl Psychologists propose that there is a developmental evolution to life and that an individual has different tasks, and experiences changing demands as they grow up and age. As a result there are different stresses and different gratifications for Highly Sensitive Persons … Continue reading

Chapter 1: A Sensorial Being Struggling in a Disembodied Culture (Draft)


Chapter 1: A Sensorial Being Struggling in a Disembodied Culture   (Draft) When you lose touch with inner stillness you lose touch with yourself, when you lose touch with yourself you lose yourself in the world – Eckhart Tolle How we, as parents and educators, understand heightened sensory sensitivity and the senses is influenced by our … Continue reading

Book Introduction (draft)


To my children, my greatest teachers.   The highly sensitive family: How to thrive in a toxic world. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn – Alvin Toffler   Introduction If you are reading this, you are probably looking … Continue reading

the autist as a spiritual artist


Artists/Autist minds I just came across this very insightful blog entry: Transforming the Obligatory into the Desirable: Autism & Shamanism (Perceptual Warfare 18) By jasunhorusly January 15, 2013  which is helping me solidify some of my thoughts on sensory intelligence. It echoes some of the thoughts I expressed in a presentation I recently made at work: … Continue reading

Becoming mindful of our children’s hypersensitive senses


As a child, I developed very negative coping strategies for our sensory and emotional sensitivities. But as adults, I am beginning to grasp the importance of becoming sense aware and learning to listen differently. I remember this episode with my mom. We were on vacation and I had to go to camp. I did not … Continue reading

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