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Paperback The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them Book

ISBN: 0007163932

ISBN13: 9780007163939

The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them

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This description may be from another edition of this product. The bestselling author and psychologist whose books have topped 240,000 copies in print now addresses the trait of "high sensitivity" in children-and offers a breakthrough parenting guidebook for...

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I purchased this book, hoping to learn more about my 8-year old child's behavior traits so that I could commingle our characteristics and avoid damaging his spirit when I criticize or discipline-not to pamper but to nurture. This book did just that, plus more. The Highly Sensitive Child : Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them is a very good read. It provides a lot of information about how highly-sensitive people react to certain stimuli and suggestions for different situations. It's educational and entertaining and the author's prose is straightforward. I selected this book from the many others on similar topics simply because the title hit home. It struck a cord and I knew this was it. I was right. Not only was I reading about my child, I discovered that I am an HSP as well. I was not aware of the term "highly sensitive" until now. I plan to read more on the subject and keep this book around for my child to use later on in life. I now feel that we are in a win-win position for the long term.Thank you, Dr. Elaine Aron, for writing this book and for sharing your personal experience on this subject.

A relief!

It's not ADD, not social anxiety disorder. My child is not deficient but different, a minority not as yet recognized or understood. This book is practical, having short chapters for different age groups with lists of tips. When my child has to go into a social situation, I review the list of how to prepare her for dealing with the situation working from her mix of feelings.The book also gives the positive aspects of this personality trait, something I never realized since I was focused on the problems. Also gives tips for finding good teachers and working with teachers to promote your child's success.

a comfort and a relief

It was wonderful to read this book. For seven years I've been looking for someone to understand when I talk about my daughter's agony over the seams in her socks, her inability to eat in Italian restaurants because of the strong smell, her discomfort with the volume of sound in movies or the way she always gets homesick (literally ill) if we go on a vacation that lasts more than a couple of days. As someone who never thought twice about any of those things, I appreciate Aron's insights and her suggestions about parenting someone who is so easily overwhelmed. I originally got the book from the library but had to buy my own copy because there was something I wanted ot underline or make a note to remember on almost every page.

Excellent book, with great advice

When a therapist friend suggested we read this book to help out our struggling 8 year old, we never knew that it would be such a perfect fit, provide such helpful information and provide us with a lot of comfort. If your normally bright child seems frequently overwhelmed and it's beginning to hurt their self esteem, turn to this book and see if it fits. If it does, its a resource you will be thankful you found, as will your child.
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