Helping a Highly Sensitive Child Start School, One Little Step at a Time

Starting school is a huge step for a highly sensitive child. It’s a new environment, often busy, filled with new people. There is separation anxiety to tackle. There is change to process. There is a huge transition to master. It’s something that many parents of highly sensitive children struggle with.

When my eldest started primary school five years ago we made a mess of it. My husband and I didn’t realise the impact then that my son’s highly sensitive characteristics would have on him starting school. We just didn’t know enough then. We learned the hard way and whilst it’s no consolation for my eldest, my other two sons have had an easier start on their education journey because of the lessons we have embraced along the way.

Helping a Highly Sensitive Child Start School, One Little Step at a TimeMy youngest son recently turned four, and here in the Netherlands that means he can start school. We’ve taken baby steps. My latest article for Passionate Parenting shares how we’ve handled starting school this time around.

Over to you: How has your HSC taken to starting school? How did you handle the transition? What would you change if you could do it all again?


About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
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2 Responses to Helping a Highly Sensitive Child Start School, One Little Step at a Time

  1. We are fortunate enough to have an amazing University Model School available to us, so the transition is 3 days in private school as opposed to 5 days because 2 days are guided homeschool days. Also with the smaller classroom setting it’s great to have teachers who can more easily make accommodations for our HSC. I know it’s not as easy for all parents, but we can’t speak more highly of how this setting is helping our girls to thrive.


    • That sounds fantastic. Tailoring the start of school to each individual child has to be the way to go – some can handle more than others. You are fortunate indeed! Thanks for sharing your experience – it’s good to know such a model is out there!


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