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Highly Sensitive Child

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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

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

Layer 5: Awareness: Senses, Others, Environment, emotional Responses, Neurons, Empathy, Balance, Genes


Sensory self-awareness seems complex in that sensory communication includes all the previous layers, which are intertwined in a dance of influence with one another that impacts how our senses react. If one of these elements is out of balance, how we perceive the world changes. As highly sensitive children develop awareness, they can begin to … 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

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

Layer 1: Inputs: The Hidden Dimensions of Sensory Perception Conclusi


Considering space as vital to sensory health, its quality becomes important to well-being, this leads to examine the role of the environment on a child’s sensory experience as it shapes the positive or negative nature of that energy. Consequently, understanding a highly sensitive child’s sensory health requires “detective” work since what is toxic can be … 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

Reblogged: Why You Feel Too Much (and How to Cope)


Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) manifests in many small, sometimes maddening ways. Itchy tags may be unbearable. Loud music intolerable. Perfume simply sickening. Whatever the specific symptoms, SPD makes it difficult to interact with your daily environment. Here are strategies for living better with SPD. by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. Read the article at: http://www.additudemag.com/slideshow/229/slide-1.html?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=july

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