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"The shadow side of heightened sensitivity can be easily described but
coping effectively with it is a different matter. One aspect of the "down
side" of this sensitivity is a child's feelings being easily hurt. This
includes a low or no tolerance for perceived criticism from others. The
operative word here is "perceived" since actual criticism is not necessary to
upset a child who is highly sensitive..." Sal Mendaglio,
Sensitivity in Gifted Children
With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the
Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults
by Susan Daniels & Michael M. Piechowski
- Do you know an intense gifted child? You must read this book!
An easy-to-read volume for parents, teachers, psychologists, everyone
dealing with the gifted child, that explains the inexplicable, and guides us
all in guiding the growth and development of our gifted children...
Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense,
Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
- If you have an exceptionally spirited child, this book is written for you.
Now available Raising
Your Spirited Child Workbook
- ADHD versus
- Chart of differences between ADHD and Overexcitabilities...
Biology of Auditory Processing - Sound Sensitivity in
Eide Neurolearning Blog
- Parents and educators are perplexed by kids who show fight or flight
reaction to loud classrooms, parties, movies and more, but have perfectly
"normal" hearing per the audiologist. These reactions to sound that result
from the brain overactivation of brain regions like the amygdala...
- Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities
- Hoagies' collection on Dabrowski...
intensity in gifted children by Lesley Sword
- Just as gifted children's thinking is more complex and has more depth than
other children's, so too are their emotions more complex and more intense...
Sensitivity in Gifted Children and
Guidelines for Handling the Dark Side of Emotional Sensitivity in Gifted
Children by Sal
- On the positive side, this characteristic is reflected in concern for
others, their plight, and feelings. The shadow side of heightened
sensitivity can be easily described but coping effectively with it is a
different matter... (requires Adobe Reader)
Dysfunction to Dynamic Function by Valerie Thea Vandermeer
- We now see many children blessed/burdened with extreme sensitivities.
These children receive plenty of overt and subtle feedback that something is
wrong with them, they don't fit in, or they don’t function well. They get
very little feedback that their exceptionalities have an "exceptional" and
culturally valuable aspect...
and Sensitive by Sandra Berger
- Your gifted child may very well be both emotionally sensitive and
intellectually sensitive; that is, acutely aware of everything in his
environment and within himself.
Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms
by Elaine Aron
- Highly sensitive children (HSCs) are born deeply reflective, sensitive to
the subtle, and easily overwhelmed. These qualities can make for smart,
conscientious, creative children, but with the wrong parenting or schooling,
they can become unusually shy or timid, or begin acting out. HSCs are
often mislabeled as overly inhibited, fearful, or “fussy,” or classified as
“problem children” (and in some cases, misdiagnosed with disorders such as
ADD). Author of
The Highly Sensitive Person
Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by
Elaine N. Aron
- Are you easily overwhelmed by stimuli? Affected by other
people's moods? Easily startled? Do you need to withdraw during busy times to a
private, quiet place? This book helps HSPs (Highly Sensitive Persons) to
understand themselves and their sensitive trait and its impact on personal
history, career, relationships, and inner life...
development in gifted children: Moral sensitivity by Dierdre V. Lovecky,
in Roeper Review
- Starting from an early age,
many gifted children show evidence of moral sensitivity. These children tend
to care about others, want to relieve pain and suffering or show advanced
ability to think about such abstract ideas as justice and fairness...
Matter of Taste by Mary Beckman in Smithsonian Magazine
- There's good taste, and according to scientists, there's supertaste.
Normally, people prize highly acute senses. But taste is not so simple:
supertaste may be too much of a good thing, causing those who have it to avoid
bitter compounds and find some spicy foods too hot to handle....
out" They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young
and Bright by Michael M. Piechowski
also visit Piechowski's site
out" They Say...
- “The purpose of this book is to give voice to the emotional life of bright
young people, to show how their intensities and sensitivities make them more
alive, more creative, and more in love with the world and its wonders”
- Moods, Sensitivities and
Modern Life in Born to Explore!
- A few good thoughts and links to continue your investigation...
Differeces by Valerie Thea Vandermeer
- Since young children encounter new stimuli on a regular basis, their
nervous systems spend a lot of time in this process of determining the
nature of sensory input and how the brain will organize and relate to
various events. But many children being born today are not habituating
to sensory stimuli in typical fashion. This is often called sensory
integration disorder or dysfunction and is considered a problem with the
processing mechanism of the nervous system...
for parents of intense children by Sharon Lind
- Living with emotionally intense children and partners can be turbulent,
exciting, challenging, and joyful. Emotionally intense individuals are often
accused of "overreacting." Their compassion and concern for others, their
focus on relationships, as well as the intensity of their feelings may
interfere with every day tasks. It is often quite difficult and demanding to
work and live with intense individuals...
Too Well Connected: Why certain people see words in colour from The
- SOME people have a more complicated sensory life than others.
Diffusion-tensor imaging did, indeed, show strong connections between these
two areas in the brains of the synaesthetes when they slid into the scanner
and viewed colour-evoking letters and numbers. Other unusual connections
showed up too, suggesting the phenomenon is more complex than had been
appreciated. Certain types of grapheme-colour synaesthetes have more
connectivity than others...
- Products to provide comfort and relief to scores of people who suffer from
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- Living Without
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March 04, 2019