3 Simple Tools to Help Highly Sensitive Kids Thrive
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3 Simple Tools to Help Highly Sensitive Kids ThriveDoes Your Child Have Sensitivity To Light, Sound, Touch, Taste, Or Smell?
I think of highly sensitive kids as being gifted with fluency in a second language – energy. It’s a gift that will give them many advantages in life once they understand and harness it.
But, in the beginning, it’s like their sensitivity dial is set on max!
They may be sensitive to everything: light, sound, touch, taste, and smell along with subtle whispers of energy.
Highly sensitive children can sense stressed energy in people and places. They pick up on the true emotions of others and see beyond the social veneer. Some can even feel the energetic residue of strong emotions in a space that was left days or weeks before.
The problem is they don’t know that this is what they’re feeling!
If you have a highly sensitive child, it may seem, at times, that this world is just too much for them. But, when you teach them a few simple energetic tools you can empower them.
Last month when I wrote about 7 Things You Need to Know About Your Highly Sensitive Child, many of the comments on the article and on social media asked for concrete techniques to help our children.
Here are 3 of my favorites:
#1 Body-Emotion Scanning
While in a safe space, have your child scan their body from head-to-toe. Ask if they notice any tension or discomfort. Have them describe how they feel emotionally at that moment.
There’s an app called Feelings with Milo that can help younger children with this second part. Tell them to keep that in mind before going into a new place such as a grocery store or friend’s house.
If they notice a change in their body or emotions, talk about what or who it might be related to. With your help and some practice, they’ll be able to sense whether the change was due to their own experience or from energy they’re picking up from others or the place they were in.
If you’re going to a crowded shopping mall, airport, or theme park bubbles are a great way to manage sensitivities. Have your child imagine that their body is surrounded by a protective bubble. The bubble can be any color and acts as a barrier that only lets in positive energy and filters any negative or stressed energy.
When I do this with my boys we have a lot of fun with the visualization process. I ask them things like, “What color is your bubble?” and “How far does it extend around your body?” I have them describe how their bubbles feel. We practice moving it around and sensing each other’s bubbles. Eventually you can just say, “Bubbles Up!” and everyone will know what to do!
#3 Understand Your Child’s Unique Five Element Type
One of the things that has helped me the most in understanding highly sensitive kids is the Five Element system of Chinese medicine. It’s a framework that allows us to determine each person’s unique nature – body, mind, and spirit.
The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each Element has corresponding physical characteristics, personality traits, strengths, and challenges that shape each child’s overall health and way of being in the world.
Once you discover your child’s Five Element type, you’ll have a better understanding of how your child’s sensitivities will manifest.
Five Types and how to help them:
- Fire and Earth children tend to be emotional empaths.
- Metal and Wood children tend to be physical empaths.
- Water children tend to be intuitive empaths.
Metal and Water types will need time alone to process the energies they experience during the day.
Fire and Earth types will need gentle reassurance and a safe person to share their feelings with.
Physical activity is a great way for Wood and Fire types to discharge negative energy.
You can discover your child’s 5-Element type by taking the 5-Element Questionnaire on my website, or in my book Heal Your Child from the Inside Out, for more tips on helping your highly sensitive child thrive!
It’s surprising how these three simple tools can make a huge difference for highly sensitive kids. Make them a fun part of your daily routine, especially before your child goes to school and you’ll be amazed at how their self-confidence will grow!
If you have a special technique that works well for you, let me know in the comments below, it might help someone else with a highly sensitive child.