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Finding our Highly Sensitive Voice: Building Sensory Literacy


Deep listening to highly sensitive children allowed me to deal with life from their perspective and to become their advocate. This process is important, as we model for them how to communicate their specific needs, they will develop the vocabulary to built their own voice and eventually advocate for their own needs. Building sensory literary … Continue reading

Deep Listening: Connecting to the Senses and Emotions


Deep Listening: Connecting to the Senses and Emotions Professor David Popenoe, of Rutgers University[i], argues that one of the biggest observations of the last few decades is the deterioration in the bond between parents and children. He strongly emphasizes that the absence, emotional distance or preoccupation of parents strikes at the very heart of those … 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

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


Introduction “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 of the prevalent sensory toxicity in our western world, while other … Continue reading

Layer 4: Time: Values, Behaviours, People, History


Time is another important yet often invisible dimension of health that is key to understand. First, a highly sensitive child’s harmony depends on a fluid experience of time. When time is fluid, all activities are intertwined and exist as one, within the environment. We move in sync within the world using our broad sensory attention … 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

Chapter 1: Distressed In A Disembodied Culture – Introduction – Draft 2


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 Heightened sensory abilities create fundamental, yet invisible, distinctions in how a highly sensitive child perceives the world.  Highly sensitive children begin to define and understand themselves and their … Continue reading

Indigenous Knowledge and Medicine


North American Indigenous pedagogy acknowledges diverse ways of knowing and respects the pluralism of knowledge. Like many traditional cultures, there seem to be an acceptance of highly sensitivity as a natural trait that some people simply possess. Their understanding of health is quite different from modern traditional western medicine. Health varies depending on the geographic … Continue reading

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