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10 Skills for Highly Intuitive Children

There are 10 skills or competencies highly intuitive kids need to learn, or at least begin to learn, before leaving home as young adults.

Even if these skills aren't mastered by the time they leave home, the seeds for these skills will be planted and can be utilized at at time when they are ready.

- Catherine Crawford, author of the Highly Intuitive Child:

A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic Children

Skill Number 1: Learning How to Tell the Difference between Random Fears and Intuition

  • Teach him or her to act on their hunches in appropriate ways

  • Check for validity whenever possible

Skill Number 2: Regulating the Intuitive Antenna

  • Deep breathing and mindfulness

  • Visualization


Skill Number 3: Turning the Volume down on the Intuitive Dial

  • Encourage physical activity and exercise

  • Turn on some music or an audio story

  • Focus on the here and now


Skill Number 4: Cultivating an Intuitive Vocabulary

  • For safety

  • For empathic overload

  • For making a decision


Skill Number 5: Paying Attention to What You Want and Need

  • Dealing with sensitive body needs

  • Reducing empathic stress

  • Setting intuitive boundaries

  • Counterbalancing their heightened awareness of other people’s needs


Skill Number 6: Practicing Daily Energy Hygiene

  • Hoot, Shake, Scrub, Breathe, Imagine, Send

  • Anchor the energy hygiene skill – daily


Skill Number 7: Staying Grounded

  • Stabilizing awareness in the here and now

  • Fun ways for children to ground includes--playing outside, time spent around water, dance, climbing trees, playing with clay, playing a musical instrument or rhythmic drumming, rubbing the child’s feet and/or back

  • Keeping two feet in the here and now through—Acceptance, Belonging, and Connection

Skill Number 8: Distinguishing Your Energy from That of Others

  • “Is this feeling mine, or does it belong to someone else?”

  • “What do I need to do here, if anything?”


Skill Number 9: Handling Faulty Intuitive Conclusions/Checking Facts

  • Help your child learn how to check the facts and evaluate their conclusions

  • Engaging both the intuitive and logical “muscles” is vital

  • Help your child confirm their impressions through facts and logic – builds confidence, ability to recognize the difference between true intuition, imagination, fear, or anxiety.


Skill Number 10: Incorporating Intuitive Empathy into Everyday Life

  • Being highly intuitive and empathic isn’t something a child chooses—it is a trait he or she is born with.

  • Practicing and living these 10 skills brings understanding and appreciation for these gifts and fosters an openness in the child to share them in the world.

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