Sensory Processing Disorder or Highly Sensitive?

A common question in the Happy Sensitive Kids community is whether a child is highly sensitive or whether there is a sensory processing disorder. The two are not the same – but there is lots of confusion about the differences. Luckily, Naturally HSP is on hand to shed some light.*

Sensory Processing Disorder or Highly Sensitive?

Whether a child is Highly Sensitive or has Sensory Processing Disorder is a question that comes up frequently and confounds many. There can be similarities in the way a Highly Sensitive Child and one with Sensory Processing Disorder responds to sensory stimulation which explains the confusion. There is an important difference however, as one, High Sensitivity, is a normal temperament variation, whereas the other, Sensory Processing Disorder, is a neurological condition.

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Encourage a Child to Explore The World and Reduce Their Overwhelm

Highly sensitive children are not only very aware of their environment, but also often overwhelmed by it. This guest post features an activity that is a fun way to help your child make sense of the world around them and open a discussion on things they see around them.

Encourage a Child to Explore The World & Reduce Their Overwhelm–———

Preschoolers are often very curious about the world around them, and understanding the world is a great way to make it less overwhelming!

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HSK Update: Moving House & Guest Posts

It’s been quieter than usual on the Happy Sensitive Kids blog during the last few weeks and it will continue to be so for a couple of months. In just less than a month we get the keys to our new house and you know what they say about stress and moving? Well, it’s all true and with a household of highly sensitives our home is a tense and excited one at the moment.

HSK Update: Moving House & Guest PostsMy focus at the moment is on helping my three children say their goodbyes properly and get used to the idea of a new home, school and well, life!

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Highly Sensitive Children and Animals: A Book Giveaway

Highly sensitive children (HSC) often connect deeply with animals. There are a number of reasons for this and a HSC can benefit greatly from life with a beloved pet (such as anxiety reduction to name but one important benefit).

Highly Sensitive Children and Animals_ A Book GiveawayMy sons have been begging for a pet of their own for years but we just don’t have the physical space (nor have I had the time to care for yet another living creature). Soon that will change.

During the summer we are moving house. We are swapping town life for village life. We are trading a postage stamp garden for the kind of outdoor space we have long dreamed of. Space will no longer be a restriction. So the boys are on a promise of least a cat (a kitten as far as they are concerned) and maybe a rabbit or two.

And I am absolutely sure that the additions to our family will have a huge positive affect on my three HSCs.

The power an animal can have on a HSC is a theme that runs through the latest My Quiet Adventures’ book: Aiden Finds a Way. This beautiful new book features Aiden making friends with a Dalmatian puppy and the result is heartwarming.

In honour of the special relationship that our HSCs have with animals and the release of the second in the My Quiet Adventures series of books for our sensitive children I am delighted to host a giveaway.

There are three amazing sets to win.

A copy of Aiden Finds a Way accompanied by this wonderful handcrafted puppy.

Puppy & Aiden Finds a Way Book Giveaway

Secondly there is a copy of the book with a set of related postcards and stickers.

Aiden Finds a Way Book, Postcards & Stickers Giveaway And last but not least a copy of the book.

Aiden Finds a Way Book Giveaway

All you have to do to win one of these prizes is share how animals (have) play(ed) a role in your HSCs life. Share an anecdote about your HSCs reaction to an animal. Tell about the relationship your HSC has with a pet. Anything animal related at all! You can share a picture or use words – or use any other creative means you wish.

To enter leave a comment on this post or send me your entry by email at

The giveaway will close on June 30th and the winners will be notified shortly after. Please ensure you communicate a way to contact you.


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Three Steps to Help You Parent Better as a Highly Sensitive Person

If you are a highly sensitive person parenting a highly sensitive child (HSC) then some days you find that your role is harder than others. You are not alone. Parenting is a tough role but doing it whilst trying to keep your own bucket from overflowing makes it even harder. Here are three steps you can take to help yourself be a better parent for your HSC.

Three Steps to Help You Parent Better as a Highly Sensitive Person

1. Understand your own sensitivities

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Book Review: You’ll Always Be Enough

Does your highly sensitive child wish they weren’t highly sensitive? Then ‘You’ll Always Be Enough’ by Laura Kuehl is a book worth having on your family bookshelf.

It’s a struggle many of us parents of highly sensitive children (HSCs) have – trying to help our children see the positives of being highly sensitive, and explaining why some children are and some are not.

You'll Always Be Enough Book review by Happy Sensitive Kids

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It’s Not Always Easy Being the Parent of a Highly Sensitive Child

Being the parent of a highly sensitive child (HSC) can be exhausting. You have to be one step ahead, constantly thinking about events coming up, planning days so as to avoid sensory overload for your child, learning what to say no to.

It's Not Always Easy Being the Parent of a Highly Sensitive ChildMy eldest HSC is at his best when there’s a routine to stick to and things are predictable. That means not letting him stay up later to celebrate an uncle’s birthday twenty kilometers from home – and shielding him from the criticism that generates.

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