Do you have a gifted child or one with special needs - or both!
Or maybe your child has sensory processing issues, autism or is developmentally delayed, has OCD, ODD, ADD, ADHD, a history of trauma, or even a learning disability?
Ahhh the labels.
By some accounts, 1 in 5 children has some diagnosable disorder which can include, anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, eating disorders, mood
disorders like depression or even schizophrenia.
Those stats don't sound so surprising when you consider a 2005 study that predicted almost HALF of ALL Americans will have a diagnosable mental illness in their lifetimes.
Undeniably, many of us are suffering from a lack of internal peace and kids with special needs, delays or even high intelligence often have more anxiety than the general population.
In my own experience, growing up with lots of challenges but no diagnosis (Aspergers) or support has led me (NOW in my late 30's) to come face-to-face with some of my most embarrassing, frustrating and misunderstood habits as I see them mirrored back to me through my daughter.
But unlike parents in the 70's, I have a chance at implementing understanding, compassion and REAL TOOLS for change!
In this week's TEACHable Moment, I am bringing you a special interview treat.
If you have a child diagnosed as an Asper-Kid (Aspergers) or even if you don't - you don't want to miss my chat with Jennifer Cook O'Toole, author and Asper-Mom to three kids on the spectrum.
She is going to share her journey and top tips for creating more good habits and minimizing anxiety in our most sensitive kids.
PART II of my interview with Jennifer is here!
Do you have an extra-sensitive kid?
What do you do to help him develop his problem-solving or coping skills? Share your story in the comments below!