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Sensory Environmental Diet


According to scent chemist Steve Pearce[i], the sense of smell is by far the most powerful of all our senses, yet it is also our most underrated sense. Smell is the only one of our senses directly hard-wired to our brains. As such, it is the direct extension of the brain. Its direct contact means … Continue reading

Chapter 7: 21st Century Sensory Life Diet – Introduction


Introduction “I have just three things to teach. Simplicity, Patience, Compassion. These 3 ARE your Greatest treasures.” — LAO TZU Helping a HS child balance his or her health needs is a long-term process. It takes time, patience and a lot of empathy for every member of the family. In our cases, it also means … Continue reading

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

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

5 Tough Situations for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues | Tips for Parents – Understood


5 Tough Situations for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues | Tips for Parents – Understood.

Social Life: empathy is a double edge sword


According to psychologist Susan Meindl, empathy is the earliest form of communication: “Human beings communicate through empathic connection from birth. Mothers and infants accurately read each other’s emotional communications. This skill is never lost and we all use empathic understanding of other people’s feelings to round out and nuance what they say to us. We … Continue reading

Roots of Attention Overexitability


Roots of Attention Overexitability Such preoccupations seem particularly important at a time when an ADHD diagnose immediately calls upon the use of medication. If these drugs can help children operate quietly in the existing social and cultural constructions of our world, in the case of highly sensitive children and any type of gifted child, they … Continue reading

The Sensory Connection


The notion of sensory processing difference is also controversial within the medical community. On one hand, the DSM-V no longer includes sensory processing as a stand-alone phenomenon, in essence denying its existence. On the other hand, researchers such as Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, author of Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing … 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

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