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Publisher's Summary

With the publication of The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron became the first person to identify the inborn trait of high sensitivity and to show how it affects the lives of those who possess it. Now, Aron shifts her focus to highly sensitive children.

Rooted in Aron's years of experience as a psychotherapist and her original research on child temperament, The Highly Sensitive Child shows how HSCs are born deeply reflective, sensitive to the subtle, and easily overwhelmed. These qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children, but with the wrong parenting or schooling they can become unusually shy or timid or begin acting out.

In this pioneering work, parents will find helpful self-tests and case studies to help them understand their HSC along with thorough advice on parenting a highly sensitive child. With chapters addressing the needs of specific age groups, from newborns through teens, The Highly Sensitive Child delivers warmhearted, timely information for parents, teachers, and the sensitive children in their lives.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Elaine N. Aron (P)2016 Tantor

What the critics say

"Aron offers helpful advice that will assist both nonsensitive and highly sensitive parents through all stages of their child's development from infancy to adolescence." ( Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about The Highly Sensitive Child

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Annoying reader but interesting content

The voice of the reader is robotic and emotionless, making the author seem standoffish and judging. A real shame because this book would gain so much from being read with a caring, engaged voice. That would be so much more aligned to the message and make the scholarly content seem more accessible.

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Insightful

If you think you might have a sensitive child, this book is worth reading. It made me understand my son, husband, and myself a lot better. I am now better equipped at diffusing and even avoiding a tantrum. I am able to control my emotions better because understanding what might be going through my sons head. I see the world and the people in it through a different lens. Thank you for this book. The narrator was a bit robotic, but I got used to her.

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Great book for the parents of the HSC!

I’m so glad that I discovered this book. It’s so helpful. Parents and teachers can find a lot of advice about the HSCs.

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Parents, please, read this book

This will enlighten you to new depths of your children and yourself, please, read and consider.

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very reflective

it made me realize that I am an HSP myself. This book made be know who and what I am and therefore it made it easier for me to figure out how to help my three children.

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  • MJL
  • 2019-08-16

Fix the chapters!

Love the book and the reading was great by the chapters in the app are incorrect and it’s nearly impossible to navigate throughout the book properly. Please fix it and label them correctly!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-30

Finally! I know I’m not crazy and i can nurture my own HSC!

Although, at times I sense Elaine’s personal opinion too much, I loved the book. I was finally able to understand myself, my lack of nurturing I received as a child, but most importantly, I know what my son needs.

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  • Lisabeth Flores
  • 2018-09-14

Life-changing!

This book saved our family!! This book saved our marriage!! This book saved my life!! Thank you, Dr. Aron. Thank you!

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  • Mama Chooks
  • 2017-10-25

Very helpful

At 65 I am only now learning about Highly Sensitive Persons despite having a sensitive sister and others in the family with that temperament, but better late than never. I learned a lot.

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  • le cicliste
  • 2017-03-31

So helpful with our little HSC!

so many helpful recommendations and insights. this book is really helping us to better support our HSC. We are going to use this like a textbook and keep referring back to remember all the helpful hints.

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  • JaimeBZ
  • 2020-10-04

She gets us!

While I don’t agree with 100% of the parenting techniques, this book really allowed me to understand myself and my identical twins who are highly sensitive!

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  • Sierra Nevada Homesteader
  • 2016-06-05

HSP required reading!

No matter the age at which u discover u r HSP, this book will take u back to childhood and validate your experience. Required reading for all HSPs, parents and friends and teachers of HSPs. Thank goodness for Elaine Aron!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-03

Very helpful!!

I noticed my child was very sensitive to certain things so I researched and came up with HSC. I am so happy I purchased this book this helped me so much to understand his mindset of what is going on that I can't understand... My child is responding well with the technique and I'm so happy this book exist!

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  • Bex
  • 2021-01-16

I finally found some answers!

I have gone to parenting classes, read other books, and talked to so many other moms about their young children and how they handle things. Not until listening to this book, have I finally found reasons as to why my 5 year old acts certain ways and has so much trouble with things that other children in her age group don’t seem to have. Many of the traits talked about throughout the book, and the way I parent makes sense to me now. I am so grateful to have happened to stubble upon this book in Audible while looking for help.

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  • JS
  • 2019-01-17

Excellent

I found this book extremely helpful in understanding myself as a child and now as an adult. It was also very valuable in understanding and helping my own HSCs!