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Some giíted children may show signs oí
high or extra perception that can relate to
the sensiti·ity issues as well. Some
children may be:
lighly percepti·e to stimuli ,sounds,
sights, smells, touches, tastes,
mo·ements, words, patterns, numbers,
physical phenomena, people,
lighly percepti·e to colors and what
matches`
lighly percepti·e to musical notes and
precision
Superlati·ely sensiti·e to the shades oí
meanings, the sounds oí words, order
oí words ,loward Gardner quote,
Proíoundly sensiti·e to small
diííerences

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Sensiti·e children may irritate` the less
sensiti·e and ha·e an unusual
preoccupation with interests, tasks,
materials, and questions. Giíted children
may:
• Dream repetiti·ely oí treasured
problems, pictures, patterns, or
concerns
• Obsess with the intricacy or
beauty oí phenomena at hand
• lear tones in his,her head
• Dream oí prooís, ·erses, art
• Percei·e greater le·els oí
complexity in the world








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Compiled by Pat Gerber

A SLNSI1IVL ClILD MA\:
la·e empathy ,understanding and
awareness oí other people`s
íeelings, thoughts, and
experiences, at an early age
la·e a social conscience at an
early age
Quickly pick up on other people`s
emotions
Be aware oí problems that others
don`t notice
\orry about the world, other
people, and,or the en·ironment
Lnjoy and respond to beauty
Be ·ery curious about the meaning
oí liíe and death
la·e an emotional connection to
animals ,some giíted children are
strict ·egetarians, e·en ií their
íamilies aren`t,
Act more emotional than other
children his,her age
Cry, anger, and,or excite easily
Ask many questions about pain,
suííering, and,or ·iolence
Respond emotionally to
photographs, paintings, and,or
sculptures
Respond emotionally to music
Share his,her íeelings and moods
through one or more oí the arts -
music, drawing, painting,
sculpture, dance, singing

GOOD 1lINGS
1hey`re careíul with other people`s
íeelings because they know how it
íeels to be hurt.
1hey might be especially kind and
good-natured.
1hey might stick up íor íriends
who are being bullied or teased.
1hey place high ·alue on helping
others.
1hey`re responsi·e and expressi·e.
NO1-SO-GOOD 1lINGS
o 1hey take things personally.
o 1hey worry about things that are
too much íor them to handle.
o 1hey carry the weight oí the world
on their shoulders and may become
íearíul, anxious, sad, e·en
depressed.
o 1hey ha·e trouble handling
criticism or rejection.
o Other people`s strong emotions
make them ·ery upset.
o 1hey might be extremely picky
about what they eat and wear.
o 1hey may be quick to judge others.
o 1hey may be highly moralistic.

Ways to Help Your
Sensitive Child
• Acknowledge and respect your
child`s íeelings. Let him, her
show him,her íeelings in
whate·er way seems right to
him,her.
• 1alk about íeelings openly and
honestly. Share your own
íeelings when appropriate.
• lelp your child de·elop a
íeelings ·ocabulary. 1each
him,her words he,she can use
to describe all kinds oí emotions.
1he more precisely he, she can
talk about his,her íeelings, the
better.
• Ií your child íeels deeply about
the pain, suííering, and plight oí
others, take this opportunity to
do ser·ice as a íamily. \ou
might work at a íood bank, ·isit
shut-ins, or ·olunteer at a
children`s shelter.
• Since your child`s strong íeelings
might embarrass him,her in
public, teach him,her simple
ways to gain control oí his,her
emotions. NO1L: Let your
child know that he,she
shouldn`t hide` emotions, just
put them away` íor later.