How to Tell if Your Kid Is a Highly Sensitive Person

Have you ever felt like your child is tuned in to the world on a different frequency? Well, they might have some sensitivity superpowers. Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are real; if your kid falls into this category, you want to know and treat them accordingly. Here are some ways to tell.

Empathy Overload

Your little one has an uncanny ability to pick up on other people’s feelings. They’re the first to comfort a friend who’s upset or notice when someone’s feeling off, even if they can’t put it into words.

Sensory Sensitivity

Loud noises, scratchy fabrics, or bright lights can send your kid into sensory overload. They might cover their ears at concerts, insist on wearing soft, tag-free clothes, or prefer dimly lit spaces.

Big Feelings

Your child experiences emotions in technicolor. They laugh until their stomach hurts, cry at the drop of a hat, and feel everything with an intensity that’s both beautiful and overwhelming.

Need for Downtime

After a busy day at school or a crowded birthday party, your boy or girl craves some serious downtime to recharge. They might go to their room with a book or cuddle up with a favorite stuffed animal.

Attention to Detail

Your little detective notices the little things that others might overlook. They’re the ones who spot the ladybug hiding in the grass or notice when a picture frame is slightly crooked.

If you find that your child checks some (or all) of these boxes, they might be an HSP. Do your best to find that delicate balance between treating them gently and being overprotective; give them the space they need; and reassure them that they’re unique quality is beautiful, even when it makes life extra challenging.