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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

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 highly sensitive family, how to thive in a toxic world


Sabbatical Report, Alexandra Bal It has been a while since I have written anything in this blog. This is in big part due to the fact that I have been on sabbatical, withdrawing from daily activities to focus on my research. Ahead of the sabbatical, I conducted the first round of interviews for the SHHRC … Continue reading

video: Trauma, Brain & Relationship: Helping Children Heal


A good reminder of the need to heal ourselves in order to help our children thrive. Our pain hurts them more than we understand. “Developmental trauma, or ambient trauma, is trauma that is just everyday life. It’s in the neighborhood, it’s in the household…”

Five Easy Steps to Create Healthy Family Dynamics!


Reblogged from:  Five Easy Steps to Create Healthy Family Dynamics!. Five Easy Steps to Create Healthy Family Dynamics! In order to help you create healthy family dynamics, I am going to ask you to play a little game with me for just a moment. What happens when you try to fit a square peg into … Continue reading

Mindful Parenting


To show up and be fully present with our children is the greatest gift we can give. Parenting is one of the most fulfilling endeavors we can undertake. It can also be one of the most challenging. Parenting offers us the opportunity to experience more aspects of ourselves than we could have ever imagined! From … Continue reading

The highly Sensitive Family Manifesto


Adapted from the slow moods manifesto (http://slowmoodmovement.wordpress.com/manifesto/) My aim is to cultivate in me and by osmoses in my children a new idea and a new practice of selfhood which includes sensorial, mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual health. My kids learn by observing my actions, not by listening to my worlds. I must show … Continue reading

The Phantom Menace: Do 1 in 20 kids really have Sensory Processing Disorder? | Babble


Here’s an interesting finding: A study of 500 intellectually gifted kids over a two-year period revealed 35% had significant sensory processing issues. “I’ve heard many, many kids with SPD are very smart,” says Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., reknowned SPD expert and author of The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder. “Which is … Continue reading

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