The Highly Sensitive Child

The Highly Sensitive Child

We are doing some research into this 🙂

If you have a highly sensitive child or know someone who does I would love to hear about how you support, encourage and love them 🙂

Blessings

Ruth

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3 comments

  1. My 5 year old, who was diagnosed with speech and auditory deficiencies has exhibited some sensitivity to loud sounds – thunder, storms, alarms, phone ringing, etc. When he was first diagnosed at the age of 4, we were told his deficiencies might cause him to have autistic-similar tendencies although he has never been diagnosed with autism. Not sure if the higher sensitivity is a result of that or not. I’ve had to really work with him to explain the sounds (source, why the sound is occurring and what we need to do when we hear it). I have found that explaining things/providing him with knowledge, allows him to better understand and not be as afraid of it. He still has anxiety when he hears storm warnings or alarms but he’s done much better through the process of understanding them. Reassurance is key. He’s never alone and we don’t make light of the situation or make fun of it because we understand his fears are his own and as valid and real to him as ours are to us. Whenever possible, I read books relating to the issue to show him that others also have similar feelings and this helps him relate to others and not feel so alone in his fears/anxiety.

    1. thank you so much Sofia for sharing about your son! It is really encouraging to hear how you have supported him and given him tools to cope with his unique gifts. Does he enjoy music and respond to subtle changes in style? Was wondering if auditory sensitivity allowed him to hear and feel music in a different way. Sunshine has a very keen sense of smell and responds to sounds emotionally. Her experience of pain is also much more intense, so my sister has suggested looking into the whole sensory deficiency side of things. We are raising extraordinary human beings my friend, thanks for journeying with me!
      blessings
      Ruth

      1. He loves music and connected with it from an early age. Not sure where the auditory sensitivity is stemming from because it’s been explained to us that his auditory deficiencies are specific to auditory processing ~ he hears well but has difficulty process things, so he gets frustrated, emotional or struggles with following directions in sequence or thinks with his body (as he’s thinking, he touches or grabs his head or legs, etc.) Soothing, spa music is something I play when we are doing lessons. Another thing I’ve tried to help him with is quieting his mind and relaxation exercises, which helps getting focused and relaxed. His mind is always going. As the speech/language therapists said, He’s got a lot going on in his little mind and is trying to process it and get it all out. He’s gotten much better since we began home schooling in August. He is better at focusing and following directions. He’s also not as emotional as he used to be. Now, he can express himself and doesn’t get as frustrated and his fears have minimized. His speech still has some issues but he’s improved a great deal this year. I’ve not noticed a keen sense of smell with him, I would say his is average, but the sensitivity is noticeable and we’ve focused on helping him through it. I totally credit the one on one home school approach with his improvements. I just don’t believe he would have been able to develop as well and as far without it. He really needed that one on one to target his deficiencies. I’m so glad I was able to home school and give him the attention and environment he needed to progress. You know Ruth, I’ve said this before: I consider my sons my Rock and Rainbow (my 5 year old being Rainbow). You have sunshine and I have rainbow. God knew what he was doing when he gave us our gifts!

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