High learning potential children, and especially those who display Emotional Overexcitability, tend to experience the world, and their emotions, with particularly great intensity. Whilst this can lead to many positive experiences, for instance, where the beauty in the world is encountered with intense joy, and where it can also lead to admirable empathy and kindness towards others’ and their emotions or problems, it is not without its issues. Children with emotional overexcitability are often at risk of being charged with overreacting; at having their intensity dismissed or criticised, when what this intensity requires is acknowledgement, understanding, and support. This advice sheet explores the topic and suggests ways of supporting children with emotional overexcitability.

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