CIn my book, Raising Intuitive Children, I mention five types of intelligence: physical, mental-creative, emotional-social, intuitive, and spiritual.
The child with physical natural intelligence is one who learns by doing; he has great motor skills, enjoys moving his body, and may be athletic. The world is experienced by touch, feeling, and movement. Add an intuitive slant to that and you have a child who experiences the world through his body and receives feedback from his environment by means of sensory organs in his muscles and joints.
The child with a natural mental-creative intelligence is very artistic, inventive, and inspired from within; she may enjoy spending time alone rather than in a crowd. She may be a musical prodigy, artist, or math genius. Along comes intuition and this child can become totally absorbed with the task at hand. Bouts of creativity may cause her to seem manic. She may explore so deeply that she loses track of time, forgets to eat, or spends the entire summer reading instead of playing with other kids.
Young social butterflies with emotional social intelligence never meet a stranger, are very outgoing, and hate to be alone. They derive their energy from being around others and may show entrepreneurship at an early age. To this mix, add intuitive abilities and you have a child who may rebel about going to a babysitter because the emotional energy of that person is not compatible or the child feels the sitter’s emotional pain. The social child who is sensitive to the energy of others may experience emotional overload in public—especially in a large crowd.
More and more children are showing signs of the fourth and fifth types of intelligence (intuitive and spiritual). These psychic and spiritual intuitive types have an expanded awareness of nonphysical worlds and have the ability to know things beyond what they have been formally taught. Many are able to see or hear in the spirit realm, use telepathy to communicate with others, follow gut-level feelings, or are sensitive to subtle energy in their environment.
While there are programs for advanced students of academia, we find little support in the public school system for children with psychic or intuitive abilities. Instead of being encouraged to use their skills to help others and experience a world greater than the one on this earth plane, they are many times ridiculed for being different. They may try to shut down their intuitive gifts in order to be considered “normal” by their peers.
It’s important as parents to consider how a child’s experiences today will influence him as an adult. Most of the kids he hangs out with now will probably not be in his life after high school. Rather than bowing to peer pressure or conforming to experience life only through conventional methods, it’s wise to help children accept and develop this insightful aspect of intelligence just as you would an art or academic talent. But, How?
Here are seven ways to support an intuitive learner:
1. Suspend judgment and simply accept the experiences your child reports
2. Be a responsive listener
3. If you need more information, educate yourself through books or other avenues of information
4. If you need help, ask for it without feeling embarrassed by your child’s gift
5. If medical doctors suggest medications to suppress psychic awareness or modify behavior, seek alternative solutions. Brain mapping using EEG topography found that creativity and intuition are associated with theta waves. Children and adults with ADHD produce excessive theta waves.
6. Accept intuitive intelligence as a normal way to learn, develop skills, and interpret life’s opportunities and challenges.
7. Celebrate your child’s talents and diversity.
An intuitive child moves through different environments every day, and each environment presents opportunities and challenges for learning new skills. Knowing the challenges faced by the intuitive child enables parents to discuss, plan, and help with personality and skill development.
© 2010 by Dr. Caron Goode, the award winning author of Raising Intuitive Children and the international best-seller, Kids Who See Ghosts, guide them through their fear. Dr. Goode is the founder of the Academy for Coaching Parents that trains and certifies professional parenting coaches. Reach Dr. Goode for speaking or training at caron30 @ gmail.com.
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