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Highly sensitive child - why this term?
According to research, professor of psychology Elaine Aron, about 20% of all children are highly sensitive. Other researchers (Elaine N. Aron) came to similar conclusions, who already in 1990 wrote about hypersensitivity, as a feature of every fifth adult, starting extensive research on this topic.
High sensitivity is an innate quality with which we come into the world and which accompanies us throughout our lives. There are methods that allow you to deal with it so that it is primarily an advantage, not a disadvantage hindering its functioning.
A highly sensitive child, a child who feels everything more strongly
With sensitivity, the matter is a bit difficult.
On the one hand, it is an advantage that allows see every shade of reality, makes the child from an early age is especially attentive, perceptive, interesting of the world, willing to various activities, on the other hand, unfortunately, its high sensitivity makes it sometimes "difficult". He easily and quickly feels overloaded by excess stimuli. Very strongly experiencing all changes and new situations.
He intensively experiences joy, but also pain. He complains more when he is tired. It is particularly stubborn and sensitive to any inconvenience, even a scratching seam in a blouse or a label.
On the one hand, it makes an impression a toddler full of energy, always ready to play (even at the expense of sleep) on the other when its delicate barrier is exceeded, a highly sensitive child is so irritable that it is much more difficult to soothe and put him to sleep than a child with a calmer temperament.
Sensitive children can take a long time sleep restlessly, often wake up, experience any emotional situation (whether the one associated with the experience of joy or anger, the shade of emotions does not matter in this case, their intensity counts).
Highly sensitive children as babies usually do not accept prams (they prefer to wear a sling, a sling or long breast sucking), they protest against sleeping in their own crib.
Highly sensitive child - small adult
A highly sensitive child is often referred to as a child who from an early age it gives the impression of being older. Stands out from peers cuteness and empathy. He notices the details that other children miss, asks reflective questions, unusual for his age. It is known that his face does not close. Although all young children ask a lot of questions, it does a highly sensitive child asks them even more.
Already as a baby he has focused research look, quickly follows the objects, each subsequent stage confirms the great desire to develop and irritation resulting from the fact that it is impossible to jump over certain stages. Highly sensitive child as if he was still not satisfied with his progress. He is a typical perfectionist! That is why it is so often irritable.
Thanks to the fact that the child is highly sensitive unprecedented intuition, knows how to predict adult and peer behavior and use this knowledge very quickly. You can have the impression that a highly sensitive child reads in parent's mind.
Has additionally unbelievable imagination he usually starts talking and creating amazing stories quickly.
Highly sensitive child - a great challenge
Highly sensitive child has an extraordinary memory. He observes the parent and guardians with a research gaze and quickly catches any inconsistency in behavior. He protests loudly during breaking the rules and behavior that is far from ideal. During the conversations he will quickly point out mistakes, show that his interlocutor is wrong.
As a baby, a highly sensitive child is particularly absorbing and requires almost constant attention and commitment. In no way resembles children peacefully lying in a pram in the park. A sensitive child will demand to be carried on his hands, new stimuli and when he receives them, he will equally quickly start protesting overloading the "delicate" nervous system. Consequently, the caregiver of a highly sensitive child may have the impression that he or she is extremely tearful, indecisive, strenuous and difficult.
The good news is that vulnerable children grow up into smart, consistent preschoolers who, thanks to their empathy and understanding of the world, quickly win people over. For this to happen, it is important that the parent, understanding the sensitivity of his child, treat them as a gift, not an obstacle. A wise approach should raise a confident child who is able to find himself in a world in which sensitivity is often seen as a disadvantage, not an advantage.