Characteristics of “Highly Sensitive Children”
The sensitivities of psychic children, autistics, Aspergers, children w/ ADD,
children, star children, crystals, and
other labels used to understand highly sensitive children.
Sensitive to noise, the taste of foods, smells/odors, certain colors or color combinations, or touch.
2. Doesn’t like to be in crowds. Needs
downtime to process the times they are in large groups. They may leave a room full of family members
and withdraw to their room to be alone for a while.
Quiet, shy, introverted, withdrawn.
and self-focused. Can lead to narcissism in adulthood.
5. Slow to connect with others. Participates in group activities only after
getting to know the other children, the environment, and the dynamics.
6. Prefers to be alone or with 1 or 2 other introverted children.
7. Above average ability in one or more areas even if not evident in schoolwork.
May be exceptionally intelligent.
8. May have
9. May need more structure
and instructions than is typically required for children to learn.
11. May experience audio-motor
12. Sees slowly—takes eyes
longer to adjust to images
13. Either excels at math
or has math dyscalculia.
words and phrasing and complete sentences beyond age level; assumes an authority of an adult; asks thought provoking
15. May be perceived as
a slow learner only because the child needs to understand the breath and depth of something first.
16. Detailed oriented.
Thinks outside the box putting together seemingly mutually exclusive “boxes” of knowledge (aka creative
18. Good memory, may have photographic
memory. Walking dictionary.
Doesn’t like change.
20. Skin sensitivity—clothes
may itch, labels in clothes are uncomfortable, seams in socks are irritating, doesn’t like the beach because of
the grittiness of sand.
Reacts quickly to environmental toxins, including cleaning products as well as toxins in the air. May
have multiple chemical sensitivities.
like to be around electrical equipment. Light bulbs go off around them.
23. Has more than normal static electricity in their bodies. Often
“shocks” when touches objects and people.
Feels the emotions of others as if these emotions were their own; feels responsible for others’ emotions.
So child may seem to overreact. Has a greater need to resolve emotional conflicts because of
this sensitivity towards others’ emotions.
26. Doesn’t like conflict.
Has a strong sense of justice and unfairness. Wants to “right” wrongs.
27. May have sense of global injustice but not have empathy for
28. Doesn’t like to be over
stimulated. Can be easily overwhelmed.
Doesn’t learn “social rules” as fast as other children. Often so direct that they
can be viewed as lacking in tact.
sense of time.
31. Attractive, beautiful, good-looking.
32. Low body temperature.
33. Girls may have smaller head; boys may have larger head.
34. Allergies and upper respiratory problems.
35. Weakened immune system; prone to infections.
36. Bedwetting beyond typical age.
Sense of entitlement and other difficult behaviors.
38. Seems to read your mind.
Knows what you want before you ask.
of what’s happening to other family members.
Has an “imaginary” friend or animal.
Stares at what seems empty space and points, smiles, or talks with that empty space. Particularly
noticeable with babies.
42. Feelings of being
watched that is not about a mental disorder.
personalities of deceased family members they have never known. Recognizes deceased family members in
44. Refuses to go near a particular
person or room or building.
45. Active dream life
with vivid colors; flying dreams; falls out of bed a lot; premonition dreams.
46. Talks with things in Nature.
Objects move around them.
48. Seems to know
when someone is ill, and the child may spontaneously touch the person.
Sees auras; may tell you that a person is a particular color. May tell you when a person is ill or
about to die after seeing that person.
about a past life.