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What is a Highly Sensitive Child?

July 19, 2023

Highly Sensitive Kids.....these little wonders navigate the world with an intensity that puts even the most seasoned emotions on notice. From tear-jerking commercials to the faintest scent of grandma's cookies, nothing escapes their finely tuned sensitivity radar.  This can be an amazing thing, yet can be tricky for parents to navigate!!

What is a Highly Sensitive Child? A highly sensitive child, often referred to as an "HSC," is a young individual with heightened awareness and sensitivity to stimuli in their environment. Their emotional radar is finely tuned, making them more susceptible to experiencing emotions intensely. Sounds, smells, bright lights, and even the emotions of others can be overwhelming for them. This innate sensitivity is not a flaw but rather a unique characteristic that should be celebrated and understood.

Identifying a highly sensitive child can be a transformative moment for parents and caregivers. Common signs include heightened emotional responses, deep empathy, and a preference for quiet and calm environments. They may be more affected by changes, transitions, or criticism, and may require more time to process and adapt to new situations. Observing and understanding these signs can help provide the necessary support for their emotional well-being.

Understanding what it means to be a highly sensitive child is the key to providing the right support and fostering their emotional well-being. Embrace their unique sensitivity and create a nurturing environment that allows them to flourish and grow into emotionally resilient individuals. By nurturing their sensitivity, we empower them to embrace their unique strengths and contribute positively to the world around them. Remember, sensitivity is a gift, and with the right guidance, highly sensitive children can thrive and make a profound impact on the lives of others.

Make sure to sign up for our Highly Sensitive Child Course where we help you:

  • Identify whether your child is Highly Sensitive and where on the spectrum of sensitivity they are
  • Develop an understanding of what sensory stimuli sets them off and what can soothe them
  • Develop concrete and actionable strategies that actually work (not just validating the feeling)
  • How to create meaningful connection with your child
  • How to teach your child emotional regulation that will help them throughout their life
  • Develop the confidence to know how to help your highly sensitive child


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