“Intense? Sensitive? Over-anxious? Easily overwhelmed? Reacts out of proportion? Puzzled or worried about your child or teenager?”
Those were the words on the front page of a PowerWood flyer that led me down a path that changed my life.
I’d spent years trying to figure out what was going on with my son. In one day, the PowerWood workshop answered every question I had (and more besides).
What I discovered is that, instead of having something wrong with him as so many people had suggested (and I’d feared), my son has the innate personality traits known as overexcitabilities.
Learning about overexcitabilities made such a profound difference to my family that I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to find out about them.
I created this blog to share what I’ve learned with other parents.
I’m not psychologist. Other people have written plenty about the psychological basis of overexcitabilities. So what do I add?
I write as a mum to two amazing, intense, sensitive children. I share my unique perspective of parenting kids with OEs. Your perspective will be different, but perhaps you’ll recognise your own family in some of my posts. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to share a few stories of your own, either here (in the comments) or on the Laugh, Love, Learn FaceBook page – or maybe even on your own blog. Let’s get this knowledge out there!
How I finally found my tribe after years of feeling isolated and blamed for my son’s behaviour.
What are overexcitabilities? Includes a link to an OE questionnaire to find out if you or your family have OEs
Overexcitabilities – Frequently asked questions, including how many people have OEs, when they were identified and what are the positives and risks associated with having OEs
The five types of overexcitability
Misdiagnosis of overexcitabilities
Have you or someone else ever suspected that your child has ADHD, ASD, SPD or some other diagnosis?
Overexcitabilities are often mistaken for diagnosable psychiatric disorders. Read about the difference between OEs and diagnoses here:
Overexcitabilities and high ability
Children who are highly able often have OEs. In the UK the word ‘gifted’ is controversial, which can get in the way of parents finding help for their children.
Help twice-exceptional children by supporting their parents (Originally published in the Huffington Post)
Parenting children with OEs
Parenting kids with OEs can be a delight. And it can be incredibly challenging, especially when we have OEs of our own. Here are a few things I’ve discovered so far about how to enjoy being a mum to sensitive and intense children:
Do you like listening to guided meditations? I made this MP3 recording to help keep me mindful and in my wellbeing:
Overexcitabilities and learning
Life in an OE family
Many people recognise themselves in my light-hearted articles about life in an OE family:
What’s it like being a tween with overexcitabilities? A candid interview with my 12 year old daughter.