Children who are highly sensitive

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on the best method for parenting a child who is highly sensitive and perceptive
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Children who are highly sensitive

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Some children come into the world more sensitive than others. You may have a child who can´t stand the labels in the back of their clothes or those ridges in their socks. They may be a picky eater. And maybe you have a little toddler who is so afraid every time you flush the toilet. Those are all signs of a child who is sensitive. They are very perceptive. They hear everything. And so, understand that this is important for this child. It´s like scratching your nails on a chalkboard is what they feel when they have that label in their shirt. So accept it and help them by giving them a chance to slow down and not get overstimulated. If you are in the shopping mall, bring them home earlier. If they are having tantrums and meltdowns, think. Are they being overstimulated? And what can I do to help them feel more comfort? They will outgrow some of it but they will always be a sensitive person. And it has such wonderful advantages as well as some of the challenges.

Parent Educator Rona Renner, RN, shares advice for parents on the best method for parenting a child who is highly sensitive and perceptive

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Rona Renner, RN

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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