Advocate and Independent Educational Consultant For Your Child / Young Adult

The Highly Sensitive Child / Young Adult

We envision wider choices and opportunities to help them thrive in school or in treatment when the world overwhelms them

We know what’s important to help them grow up in a secure and difficult world

  • Adapting to Change While Dealing With Overstimulation

  • Helping Your Adolescent Find the Best Residential Therapeutic Treatment Setting

  • Helping Your Young Adult Find the Best Transitional Living Setting

  • Highly Sensitive Parents

  • Learning How to Discuss Sensitivity

  • Resolving Challenges and Problems While in School or in Treatment

  • Sensitivity: Fussy and Shy Children

  • The Delicate Task of Launching a Spirited and Highly Sensitive Child, Adolescent

  • Challenges of Raising an Exceptional Adolescent / Young Adult

  • Helping Your Adolescent or Young Adult Find the Best Wilderness Treatment Setting

  • Helping Your Child Find the Best Academic Setting and Have the Best Social Life

  • Helping Your Teen / Young Adult Feel Successful in New Situations

  • Off to the Right Start with Needed Steps

  • Self-Esteem, Shame Reduction, Wise Discipline

  • The Delicate Task of Launching a Spirited and Highly Sensitive Teen, Young Adult

When you are reading these words, there is something about your child or young adult that makes you think he or she is highly sensitive. Parenting HSC’s is more difficult than parenting others. Some are real “drama queens” and demanding “little princes.”

High sensitivity is found in about 15 to 20 percent of children (the percentage is the same in boys and girls). Even though it is possible to say a great deal about highly sensitive children and young adults (HSP’s), no description will fit every person perfectly because, again, each person is unique, thanks to a unique combination of inherited traits plus different upbringings and school experiences.

Today, we know that about 50 percent of personality is caused by innate temperament differences such as high sensitivity.

The other 50 percent is caused by experiences or the “environment.” 

When assisting your adolescent or young adult we take into consideration these factors:

  1. Activity or energy level
  2. Adaptability
  3. Distractibility
  4. Initial Reaction
  5. Intensity of emotional response
  6. Low sensory threshold
  7. Persistence
  8. Predominate Mood
  9. Rhythmicity


Do you have any lingering concerns that your child or young adult may find it difficult to be truly happy or successful? Perhaps the best definition of happiness came from Aristotle:

“We are happiest when doing what, by nature, we were born to do best.”

Parenting an HSC is one of the happiest and greatest challenges. It always helps to know that you are not alone. 

Contact Doré Frances, PhD at 303-448-8803 for assistance