Some children are overwhelmed very quickly: by people, the environment, the volume. There are twelve things parents can look out for in order to know if their child is highly sensitive.
Boys want to scuffle and play football, girls with dolls and horses – certainly a very clichéd way of thinking. In society, unfortunately, it is exactly the same in many cases. And that's where the children stand out, who are different. Maybe because they don't eat certain things, don't want to talk to strangers or don't want to play in a team.
In such cases, parents (not just helicopter parents) quickly ask themselves whether they have done something wrong in their upbringing. Sometimes they even doubt that they can properly support their child and his or her needs – after all, you don't want to nip the little personality in the bud, as may have happened in the past due to the parent's forms of education. Sometimes parents then come up with the topic of high sensitivity – and indeed: it could be an explanation. And an advantage for the future, if you deal with the next generation properly now.
What is high sensitivity and how does it manifest itself in children?
Quite simply, a child with a highly sensitive brain perceives too much. According to the health insurance company AOK, this is also due to the fact that "highly sensitive people have significantly more neurotransmitters than others." The transmitters serve as messengers for the brain to transmit information. "Most people's nervous systems have a filter that separates important information from unimportant information. For highly sensitive people, this filter does not seem to exist. That's why they are true feelers," the AOK continues.
Highly sensitive children need to be able to withdraw from time to time. Then they process the stimuli that rain down on them all day better. (Symbolic image) © RACHEL ANNIE BELL(Imago
Especially children who discover the world in a completely new way are much more quickly overwhelmed than their peers without this filter. Out of nowhere, the mood can change and the shy Maria becomes a little angry with a loud voice. The little ones can also feel overwhelmed by other children or people in general. They then prefer to play alone with toys rather than with others in a larger group.
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Signs that your child is highly sensitive
In an article by make it, an online portal of the news channel CNBC, the authors name twelve signs that parents can use to recognize whether their child is highly sensitive. The child ...
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Important: in no case does the list replace a visit to the pediatrician.
Highly sensitive brain: How parents can help their children
Familie.de provides assistance if the suspicion of the highly sensitive child has been confirmed. For example, parents can:
- Create rituals/rules: A solid structure gives children security and helps them to organize the world that feels chaotic for them.
- Allow breaks: It is better not to organize the afternoon with activities, but rather to keep it free.
- Less is more: less media, fewer visitors, fewer toys. This helps with stimulus processing, because your child is less affected from the outset.
- Being alone is ok: A child is not lonely and sad just because he withdraws. It needs these breaks to regenerate and process.
However, wrapping the child in cotton wool and doing nothing at all is a mistake, writes Familie.de. Finally, the child must learn how best to deal with his high sensitivity. The best advice for parents is probably simple: Anything is possible, just less of it. Don't plan a trip or a date to play games every afternoon. Just let the child "be" for a while. Tip: With the right statements, you can support your child in this development.
Understanding high sensitivity as an advantage
In the CNBC article, however, the authors are sure that high sensitivity can also be seen as an advantage. They write, for example, that "highly sensitive children are not only more creative, attentive and open than less sensitive children" and also have an underestimated quality: empathy.
Various studies have examined how children reacted to smiling or crying people. Highly sensitive participants reacted particularly strongly here. This suggests that – as sensitive people themselves say – they could not observe a stranger in his pain without feeling a strong desire to help him. According to CNBC, "Because sensitive children are more affected by their experiences than their peers, they benefit more from support, training and encouragement. This amplification effect makes them top performers."
This article contains only general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. It is in no way a substitute for a visit to the doctor. Unfortunately, our editors are not allowed to answer individual questions about clinical pictures.