Sensitive children gather details and relate emotionally to what is going on in their world.
After a traumatic incident, for instance, an earthquake, they empathize with anyone that is unhappy. They continue to worry about it long after the event.
Here are 6 easy tips to support them:
1: Give them enough factual information. This way they can make connections about what has happened, and reach an understanding. The Sensitive child has a tendency to assume things if they don't know the facts. You can ask them directly "Do you have any questions?"
2: Continue with normal routines as much as possible. This will help The Sensitive child stay in an emotionally safe state of mind. This will enable them to process these new thoughts and feelings.
3: Monitor news feeds during family time. Repetition of negative news and images can intensify a child’s anxiety.
4: Reassure The Sensitive child that their emotions are valid. Take care not to tell them how they should feel, and accept what they share. They will suppress their feelings if they sense these will make you feel uncomfortable.
5: Provide reassurance. However don't over do it, as a Sensitive child will intuit any statement they feel is less than genuine. Be honest and comfortable.
6: Dress rehearsing a worst case scenario with the Sensitive child can be helpful. Creating a personal action plan for the future (when an earthquake strikes) will reduce their anxiety and help them move forward.
When not supported to make sense of it all, the child with a Sensitive Nature has a tendency to worry. When this worry is not verbalized and processed, it turns to anxiety and can present itself as undesirable behaviour.