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Helping Your Highly Sensitive Child Thrive

May 20, 2024

If you are here you are likely like me,trying to figure out how to best support your highly sensitive child. I have a highly sensitive kid, who I have had to dive in deep to learn what works, what doesn't work (because lots of the maintstream parenting strategies don't work!) and how to help be the best parent for my amazing kid. Here we talk about social interactions and highly sensitive kids, because these two areas can be tricky to navigate! 

Social Settings

Social interactions can be challenging for highly sensitive children due to their heightened emotional sensitivity. Understanding their unique needs and providing support can help them navigate relationships more effectively.

Encourage healthy boundaries and assertiveness: Teach your child how to communicate their needs and preferences in social situations. Help them understand the importance of setting boundaries and saying no when necessary.

Promote empathy and perspective-taking: Teach your child to recognize and understand other people's feelings. Encourage them to consider different perspectives to foster empathy and build stronger connections with others.

Provide opportunities for social skill development: Engage your child in activities that promote social interactions, such as playdates, group activities, or team sports. These experiences can help them practice social skills and build confidence.

Support emotional regulation: Help your child develop strategies for managing their emotions in social settings. Teach them to recognize signs of overwhelm in their body and provide tools they can use to calm themselves, such as taking a break, moving their body, or talking to a parent or friend.

By supporting their emotional regulation and providing guidance in social situations, you can help your highly sensitive child navigate relationships more smoothly.

Social Anxiety

Highly sensitive children may be more prone to experiencing overwhelm and social anxiety. Here are some strategies to help them navigate these challenges:

  • Validate their feelings: Let your child know that their feelings of overwhelm or anxiety are valid and normal. Create a safe space for them to express their emotions without judgment.
  • Teach relaxation techniques: Help your child develop coping mechanisms for managing overwhelm and anxiety. Deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, or creative outlets like drawing or writing can be helpful tools.
  • Gradual exposure: Gradually expose your child to social situations that may trigger anxiety. Start with small, low-pressure interactions and gradually increase the level of exposure over time.
  • Provide support: Offer reassurance and support during challenging situations. Be there to listen and provide guidance as needed.

Our course Successfully Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child gives you the specific tools and strategies in bite sized videos to navigate parenting your Highly Sensitive Child with confidence.

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