Do teachers tell you there’s something about your child’s behaviour they can’t quite put their finger on? Has there been a suggestion to get your child tested for autism, or ADD or ADHD but that path doesn’t quite feel right to you? It could well be that your child is highly sensitive – and the good news is that there is an online test to help you.
What is Highly Sensitive?
Between 15 and 20 percent of us is highly sensitive. Children and adults. Male and female.
A highly sensitive person (HSP) is more aware of the subtleties in their environment.
A HSP feels things deeply. They have rich inner lives.
HSPs are empathetic and soak up the moods of others around them.
A HSP can be easily startled and overwhelmed by sensory input – loud noises, bright lights, busy environments.
A HSP needs a lot of down time to recover from overstimulation.
A HSP is usually more cautious than other people. They observe before jumping in.
A HSP rarely reacts well to change.
A busy schedule and time pressure stresses a HSP. They usually perform under par whilst being watched.
HSPs often have a perfectionist tendency.
A HSP is conscientious.
A HSP tends to be drawn to the arts, to music and to nature. They are creative.
HSPs are more sensitive to pain.
The Highly Sensitive Person Test
If you think you may be highly sensitive check out Elaine Aron’s Highly Sensitive Person test.
The Highly Sensitive Child Test
If the traits above remind you of your child, then head on over to Elaine Aron’s Highly Sensitive Child test.
Knowing that your child is highly sensitive as early as possible will help you adapt your parenting style to help get the best out of your child.