Parenting the highly sensitive child

Psychologist Fay Van Der Kay-Levinson, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best methods for parenting a highly sensitive child
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Parenting the highly sensitive child

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The highly sensitive child is the child that feels everything. I often call it the princess and the pea syndrome. If you remember the fairy tale, the princess wakes up in the morning, and seven mattresses down, there is a pea. She wakes up like this, "There was a pea at the bottom of the mattress or there was a lump." These sensitive children truly feel things more than most of the population. As a parent, it's easy to get frustrated with a child like this. Often they will refuse to wear some clothes because they don't feel good. They will choose pants that might feel comfortable along the waist. They'll choose shirts just because they are soft. If you recognize that and honor it as a legitimate reaction to the world, you and your child will be much happier.

Psychologist Fay Van Der Kay-Levinson, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best methods for parenting a highly sensitive child

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Fay Van Der Kar-Levinson, PhD

Psychologist

For more than 30 years, Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has helped parents to navigate the maze known as parenting. She acts as both a guide and a resource for parents as they deal with the joys and challenges of raising children.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson’s passion is to help parents to help their children thrive at each stage of development. She works to identify each child’s unique temperament and learning style in order to create and implement effective behavior strategies. Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson is an expert at helping families deal with life changes such as birth of siblings, changing schools, divorce, and death.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson also guides parents through the process of determining the best school for their children, and has co-authored two books on that topic, Choosing the Right School for Your Child and Secrets to School Success.   

For the past three decades Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has lectured and consulted at private as well as public schools. She has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of California at Los Angeles and Pepperdine University.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson earned her PhD and MA at the University of California at Los Angeles where she studied and trained with some of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians in the fields of child development and clinical psychology. She is a lifetime member of the American Psychological Association.

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