In a classroom, a teacher handles children with different behaviors, attitudes and personalities. They are either confident, quiet, talkative, shy, or sensitive. There are different approaches to these various personalities. Through time and experience, a teacher somehow knows what to do.
One of the personality that is a bit difficult to face is a sensitive child. This child will cry even at a drop of a hat or when you comment something about him or his work. If you raise a voice at him even very slightly, he will surely cringe. He seems to be so sensitive of his surroundings and the people around him that he feels that the world is guarding every move he makes.
Sometimes, sensitive children are tagged as drama kings and queens. However, it is crucial to understand that their behaviour may be innate. According to Dr. Aron, high degree of sensitivity is usually a physiological truth with which children are born with. Being sensitive is not a social skills or confidence deficiency of which not parents nor teachers can do something about or control.
Sensitive children tends to be more exaggerated in their reactions to things. They tend to act in ways that typical children act and react in various conditions and situations. Their reactions are not acceptable to norms of society and so they are tagged as weak most of the time. However, research shows that it is exactly the opposite. Sensitive children, in reality, have a gift – a gift that enables them to experience this world at a higher and deeper level average children do.
Highly sensitive children can be identified when they exhibit some traits such as being highly sensitive to his senses like an excellent sense of hearing or smell, gets overly emotional, feels a variety of wide and deep emotions, gets so excited that he tends to withdraw, and thinks deeply and has profound reflections on experiences.
Being aware that sensitive children have this sense of depth in them can help teachers and even parents to know better on how to react to them during situations. Teachers and parents can also become keener in relating to them when they know what is really going on in the feelings and thoughts of a sensitive child.
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