What is high sensitivity?
Sometimes referred to as Sensory Processing Sensitivity, IS NOT a diagnosis or a disorder and should not be treated as such. Highly sensitive children are born with highly aware nervous systems and they are incredibly responsive to their environments, whether it is sounds, smells, the lighting or the overall mood of the people in the environment...highly sensitive children are responsive too and pickup on these circumstances quickly. They have a very sharp and keen sense of awareness, are very compassionate at an early age, are often gifted intellectually and are creative and emotionally aware, of others feelings.
However, these intensely perceptive children often get overwhelmed easily by noise, crowds, new situations, sudden changes and the emotional distress of other individuals. Criticism, defeat, distress and misunderstanding this gift in them, is something sensitive children feel deeply and depending on their level of emotionality, often take personally.
High sensitivity is a gift and should be treated as such. It is imperative that teachers, educators and parents, of high sensitive children, understand that these children need extra care and the impartation of empowering these children with tools to tap into their sensitivity and to see it is a strength, is a necessity, in order to thrive in school, home, church, social settings and life. We must begin to uplift and let these children know that there is power in their gift, including: increased insight, creativity, and empathy, to name a few.
The professional development course that I provide, as I have learned to and have navigated being a highly sensitive child myself and now raising a highly sensitive son, will offer a teacher/educator/parent observation checklist, emotional health tips and tools, along with intervention recommendations, including classroom and home modifications and adpatations, so that the child can thrive and flourish, at an early age.
Let's begin to build up our children by educating ourselves with the information that we need to impart tools and words that elicit healthy emotionality in children that are highly sensitive!!