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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 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

Reblogged: Why Stress at School is Toxic to Kids with ADHD or LD from ADDtitude


Excerpt from: http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/11630.html Chronic stress at school can make our kids dread going — and change their brains for the worse. But parents and teachers can help break down the barriers that stop children with ADHD or LD from succeeding. For over 35 years, I’ve carried out comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of kids and young adults, … Continue reading

Toxic Stress


Imagine that you see a bear while walking through a forest. In response to this threat, your body switches into “fight or flight” mode. To survive, your body releases emergency stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol, that cause your heartbeat to quicken, make your eyes dilate and focus your mind on the threat at hand—everything … Continue reading

Inputs: The Hidden Dimensions of a Sensitive Sensory Life


Beginning to discuss highly sensitive children health means understanding what a heightened sensory or other kinds of heightened experiences are and how they influence how a child perceives the world. Given the spatial embodied knowledge is vital to the experiences of highly sensitive people, we will begin by examining the nature of space at a … Continue reading

The Culture of Stress


Another hidden cause of stress for highly sensitive children is our western culture. Many children attend desensitized school worlds. Most schools are loud, bright and chaotic environments that tend to provoke sensory overflow. In Toronto, public schools were designed by the same architect who designed our jails, they are visually unappealing, their corridors echoes, many … Continue reading

Boredom as Sensory Stress


Besides the toxic elements I have mentioned above, there are a few others that any parents must be on the look out for when dealing with sensory processing sensitivities. Under-arousal can lead to stress as well. Continually being bored and without appropriate stimulation can be very stressful. Boredom ends in drudgery and drudgery will make … Continue reading

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

Space, technology and people as sensory overload


In The Globe and Mail article ” Why is walking in the woods so good for you?”, Alex Hutchinson explores the results from a study, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders, that found that volunteers suffering from depression who took a 50-minute walk in a woodland park improved … Continue reading

Time: How our past ancestors influence our present lives.


Recently, researchers have begun to demonstrate that the exposure of past generations to toxins are affecting current generations. According to the article ” Today’s Environment Influences Behavior Generations Later: Chemical Exposure Raises Descendants’ Sensitivity to Stress” ScienceDaily (2012)[i], researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Washington State University have seen an increased reaction … Continue reading

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