“If I had to raise my child all over again, I’d build self-esteem first and the house later, I’d finger paint more and point the finger less, I would do less correcting and more connecting, I would take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes, I would care to know less and know to care more, I’d take more hikes and fly more kites, I’d stop playing serious and seriously play … I’d teach less about the love of power and more about the power of love …”
Diana Loomans (2004)
Are you a parent whose child seems ‘different’? Are you unsure about the best parenting approach?
Highly Sensitive Kids was created by holistic counsellor, Sally Gage to support and guide parents with highly sensitive children.
High sensitivity is not a disorder or syndrome, but rather a normal temperament trait found in 15-20% of the population.
A highly sensitive nervous system-
- Takes in more of the environment through all senses
- Processes the information more deeply and thoroughly in the brain
- As a result stronger emotional responses are produced.
This creates difficulties for young children as they can be easily overwhelmed by everyday life. If misunderstood, these children over time are more prone to anxiety, lack of confidence and poor self-esteem.
Understanding the trait fully enables early intervention, support and avoidance of unnecessary “disorder” diagnosis. This then leads to an improved “goodness of fit” between parenting style and childhood temperament.
Highly Sensitive Kids provides practical, sensible in home and phone/skype mentoring services for families with children who display highly sensitive temperaments.
Do you have a child who is:
- Easily upset and overwhelmed?
- Deeply hurt by what appear to be minor issues?
- Reluctant to join in, i.e. kindergarten, swimming lessons or gymnastics lessons?
- Complaining of subtleties, i.e. strong smells, textured food or loud noises?
- Highly aware and concerned when others are sad?
- Noticing EVERYTHING in the environment including subtle changes?
- Needing to know details and plans?
- Easily distressed when reprimanded?
- Cautious when leaving your side?