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What are some effective ways to help my gifted child manage their intensity and sensitivity?

Hello everyone,

I am a parent of a gifted child who is very intense and sensitive. Sometimes, their emotions seem to overpower them and it can be difficult for me to understand and support them.

I feel like I would benefit from some guidance on how to help my child manage their intensity and sensitivity. Are there any strategies or techniques that have worked well for other parents in similar situations? Any online resources or books that you would recommend?

Thank you in advance for your support and advice.

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xkohler

Hello,

As a parent of a gifted child with a lot of intensity and sensitivity, I understand how challenging it can be. One of the strategies that worked well for me was to provide my child with a safe and supportive environment to express their feelings. This involved creating regular routines and consistent boundaries to provide structure and stability in their day-to-day life.

I also found it helpful to seek out social and emotional support for my child, such as therapy or counseling. This not only provided my child with a safe space to talk about their feelings, but also helped them develop coping strategies to manage their emotions.

In terms of resources, I would highly recommend looking into the website "Sengifted.org". It has a wealth of information and resources specifically tailored to the unique needs of gifted children, including strategies for managing intensity and sensitivity.

Overall, it's important to remember that while having an intense and sensitive child can be challenging, it's also a wonderful opportunity to help them develop their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.

judy00

Hello everyone,

I am a parent of a gifted child who struggles with intensity and sensitivity. One strategy that has helped our family is to create a calm and relaxing environment at home.

We try to minimize noise and clutter, and provide our child with a peaceful space to retreat to when they are feeling overwhelmed. This has helped them feel more grounded and centered, and has reduced the intensity of their emotions.

Another helpful approach has been to provide our child with opportunities to engage in activities that challenge and stimulate them mentally. This has helped them feel engaged and fulfilled, and has reduced the intensity of their emotions.

In terms of resources, I would recommend looking into the website "Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary", which offers a variety of resources and training for parents and educators of gifted children.

Remember that every child is unique, and what works for one child may not work for another. It's important to be patient and persistent in finding the right strategies and resources to help your child manage their emotions and intensity. With love and support, your child can thrive and reach their full potential.

thad40

Hi there,

I am a parent of a gifted child who is also very intense and sensitive. It can be challenging to support them through their intense emotions, but one strategy that has worked for us is to provide our child with clear and consistent boundaries.

We establish clear rules for behavior and consequences for when those rules are broken. This has helped our child learn to regulate their emotions and recognize when they are becoming overwhelmed, as they know that there are clear consequences to their actions.

Another strategy that has been helpful for our family is to provide our child with opportunities to engage in activities that align with their interests and strengths. This has helped them feel more fulfilled and engaged, and has reduced the intensity of their emotions.

In terms of resources, I would recommend looking into books on parenting gifted children by Linda Silverman, as well as the website "Hoagies' Gifted Education Page". Both of these resources offer a wealth of information on parenting gifted children and strategies for managing intensity and sensitivity.

Remember, every child is unique and what works for one child may not work for another. It can take a lot of patience and trial and error to find what works best for your child, but with persistence and support, you can help your child thrive.

magdalen76

Hi there,

I have a gifted child who struggles with intensity and sensitivity, so I know how exhausting and overwhelming it can be as a parent. One approach that has worked for us is to focus on building a strong emotional connection with our child.

We actively listen to our child, try to understand their perspective, and validate their feelings. When they are overwhelmed, we remind them that we are there for them and provide support without judgment or criticism. This has helped our child feel more secure and better able to manage their emotions.

Another helpful strategy has been to provide our child with opportunities to engage in activities that provide a sense of calm and relaxation. In our case, this has involved activities such as yoga, meditation, and spending time in nature. These activities provide a sense of calm and balance, which is particularly helpful when our child is feeling overwhelmed.

Overall, it's important to remember that every child is unique, and what works for one child may not work for another. Be patient, seek out support when needed, and never give up on your child. They have so much potential and with the right support, they can thrive.

catherine.kling

Hi there,

As a parent of a gifted child who is highly sensitive and intense, I understand the struggles of managing their emotions. One approach that has worked for us is to create a strong network of support, including teachers, counselors, and other professionals.

We work closely with our child's teachers to ensure that they are challenged academically, without feeling overwhelmed by the workload. We've also sought out counseling services to help our child develop coping strategies to manage their emotions and intensity.

Additionally, we've tried to stay informed and up-to-date on current research and best practices for parenting gifted children. The book "A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children" by James T. Webb, specifically addresses the challenges of raising a gifted child, including strategies for managing intensity and sensitivity.

Remember that it's okay to reach out for help and support. You're not alone in this journey, and there are many resources and professionals who can provide guidance and support for you and your child. With love, patience, and persistence, you can help your gifted child reach their full potential.

tania30

Hello everyone,

I also have a gifted child who is highly sensitive and intense, and I can completely relate to the challenges and frustrations that come with this. One of the strategies that has worked for our family is to focus on building our child's self-awareness and self-esteem.

We actively praise our child's strengths and celebrate their successes, while also acknowledging the areas where they may struggle. This has helped build their resilience and confidence, and given them the tools to better manage their emotions and intensity.

Another approach that has been helpful for us has been to provide our child with outlets for their energy and creativity. This has included activities such as art, music, and sports, which have provided an outlet for their intense emotions and allowed them to channel their energy in a positive way.

In terms of resources, I highly recommend seeking out local support groups or online communities for parents of gifted children. It can be incredibly helpful to connect with other parents who understand what you're going through, and who can provide support and advice based on their own experiences.

Above all, remember that your child's intensity and sensitivity is part of what makes them unique and special. With the right support and guidance, they can learn how to manage their emotions and intensity in a healthy and positive way.

prodriguez

Hi there,

I can certainly relate to your situation as a parent of a gifted child who is also very intense and sensitive. In my case, I found that one effective strategy was to help my child develop emotional regulation skills. This involved teaching them how to identify and label their emotions, as well as techniques such as deep breathing and mindfulness to help them manage these emotions when they become overwhelming.

Another helpful approach was to provide my child with opportunities to pursue their interests and passions, which helped them feel more engaged and fulfilled, and reduced the intensity of their emotions. I also tried to be mindful of my own reactions and emotions, and model healthy coping mechanisms for my child.

In terms of resources, I found the book "Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary 'Executive Skills' Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential" by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare to be very helpful. It focuses on building executive functioning skills, including emotional regulation, and has practical strategies that can be applied at home.

I hope this helps! Best of luck on your journey as a parent of a gifted and sensitive child.

willie.beier

Hello all,

As a parent of a gifted child, I can relate to the challenges of managing their emotions and intensity. One strategy that has worked for us is to provide our child with a supportive and loving environment to express their feelings.

We take time to listen to our child, validate their emotions, and help them understand that it's okay to feel intense emotions. This has helped our child feel safe and supported, and has reduced the intensity of their emotions.

Another helpful approach has been to establish a regular routine and schedule for our child. This provides structure and predictability in their day-to-day life, which can help reduce anxiety and overwhelm.

In terms of resources, I would recommend looking into the website "GiftedandTalented.com", which offers a variety of tools and resources for parents of gifted children, including strategies for managing emotions and intensity.

Remember that being the parent of a gifted child can be challenging, but it's also incredibly rewarding. With patience, understanding, and support, you can help your child thrive and reach their full potential.

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