Children possess a natural intelligence — call it intuition. The development of intuition depends on several factors including environment, parental support, and education. My hope is to help you understand how this type of child experiences the world — whether they have higher levels of intuition, or are gifted in other ways with natural abilities in language, art, music, or science and math as examples. All kids are gifted in some way and have different learning styles. Some are gifted with unusual intuition, and not only are they empathic and able to read the feelings of others, but they have an uncanny inner “knowing” beyond their years. .
Speaking of the intuitive child, I was recently reading a book written by Caron B. Goode, Ed.D. and Tara Paterson called, “Raising Intuitive Children”. They say that intuitive children learn by experience as well as having an excellent sense of their body in space. From my experience as a teacher for over twenty years, I would say that the intuitive learner needs to get out and engage with his or her environment. Ken Keis, President and CEO of Consulting Resource Group International is an expert in the field of understanding the intuitive child, and helping parents get a “handle” on supporting them. He heads global resource centers for personal and professional development and explains how difficult it is for the intuitive child who needs to explore his environment, to sit at a desk all day and listen to rules which include, don’t do this and don’t do that. “Intuitive children find this type of environment very difficult to deal with, and will act out because of it.” He explains, “They need to disperse their pent up energy, and compliance isn’t one of their best features!”
Although there are some new incentives and programs in schools that work with the intuitive child, and which restore movement and physical activity on a daily basis, unfortunately, they are in the minority. “Educators and administrators”, he states “need to understand that education is not about sitting at a desk without movement for six hours a day.” Most kids shut down after 10-15 minutes of lecturing. This has been proven in many studies. Kids just become unfocused. Their brain is not accommodating new information. Therefore, it behooves teachers/mentors to get youngsters moving or stretching even for a minute. This will get them back in the groove of learning. As parents, it might be a good idea to suggest your child take short breaks from doing schoolwork. He further comments, “routines and structures around compliance can contribute to as much stress as conflict. Frustration comes from the demand for compliance.” There are schools and organizations that have established different types of movement classes which may even include yoga, T’ai Chi, mindfulness walking meditations, to name some.