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  • HSP Classes for Elementary School Children

    Posted by John on 12/14/2023 at 12:41 pm

    Your input wanted. I’m working on a grant application today for the development of special classes for school age children, who have been screened for and identified as having HSP (highly sensitive physiology). The idea is that these children would at least be able to attend special classes a couple times a week. These classes could focus on topics such as:

    • What is heightened awareness? What do you notice?
    • How to relate to, and interact with people who don’t have HSP
    • The ability to spend time with other children who experience life via the same perceptual strategy
    • Time for “depth of processing” study and projects
    • Discussion and reinforcement/validation of “awareness of subtlety”
    • Time for play
    • Discussion and encouragement of deep insight
    • How to allow and handle strong emotional reactions
    • How to handle having strong empathy

    What would you add to this list? If you had been in such a class as a child, what would you have liked help with?

    Linda replied 7 months ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Linda

    Member
    12/15/2023 at 1:56 am

    Recovery and strengthening strategies to build resilience

    • John

      Moderator
      12/16/2023 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Linda, what do you mean by “recovery”?

      And regarding resilience, resilience to what?

  • John

    Moderator
    12/16/2023 at 7:03 pm

    Someone mentioned this, which certainly goes on the list:

    • Learning to recognize overwhelm
    • Self care strategies when overwhelm is happening
    • Boundaries
    • Speaking in front of others
  • Linda

    Member
    12/16/2023 at 10:40 pm

    Yes, the recovery after overwhelm is part of it. And strategies to try to prevent overwhelm like parents allowing kids mental health days sometimes (thinking about what you said about pretending to be sick to stay home from school.) However it seems like there has to be a balance there and strength is important. It would be great to see kids knowing when they need to care for themselves but still go forward and not give up on important things they are trying to do. That is probably what I was saying with the word resilience. There has been so much in the world for kids to navigate and pressures on them from the online world, the threat of school shootings and other things they have in their lives now that hadn’t been experienced before the 2000s. Through my childhood and adolescence I alway felt inadequate and longed for someone to help me figure out how to be strong and resilient in the face of challenges and difficulties. I hope this explains what I meant. It something I experience in a deep way but I’m not sure I am explaining it well.

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