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Originally posted by InfaRedMan
IMHO, kids/adults who think they are Indigo's are delusional. The only sane help they can be given is that of the medical profession. We certainly shouldn't be indulging their fantasies. The disconnect they have with reality is not healthy. The sooner they come to terms with the real world, the better because it ain't going anywhere.
To summarize with one word, THERAPY!
Originally posted by Happyfeet
Hai ATS. I deal with some kids on a daily basis that fit the stereotype for "super special 133T indigo" perfectly.
Now some of the threads about the indigo phenominon turn into trollfests on both sides, so I will act more like I'm taking this with a grain of salt to avoid some of the attacks.
The questions I have are very simple. What sort of advice, guidance, assistance, or help do kids that fit the indigo profile need or find benefeicial? What does the collective of ATS suggest for helping these kids bloom?
Also, it might be worth noting that I am responsible for these kids off and on over the week. I have not told these children that they are in any way different or special. I would want to help these kids, not shatter their phsyche.
Originally posted by autowrench
My advice? I am an Indigo, and I raised two children who are Indigos, and I am now raising another Indigo child, a cute little boy who speaks with the wisdom of the ages sometimes, and whose mind works so fast his mouth cannot keep up with his thinking process.
The doctors all want to put him on drugs, just as happened when my own two kids when they were little, and in school. Although there are drugs that will slow the thinking process, but will this be a benefit to the child?
I am of the school that thinks no, this is not a good thing to do.
My best advice it find out what they like to do to pass time, and provide that for them.
My little boy is most happy when he is dis-assembling some electronic device...so I got through the trash looking for old VCRs, printers, and stereos.
My own son I taught how to be a mechanic, but along the way he taught himself way more than I could teach him.
Again, I applaud you for what you are doing, pay no attention to the threads bashing Indigos in this forum, there are hate groups in every forum, this one is no exception.
We certainly shouldn't be indulging their fantasies. The disconnect they have with reality is not healthy. The sooner they come to terms with the real world, the better because it ain't going anywhere.
Indigo children is a New Age concept developed by Nancy Anne Tappe describing children who are alleged to possess special traits or abilities. Beliefs about indigo children range from their being the next stage in human evolution, possessing paranormal abilities such as telepathy, to the belief that they are simply more empathetic and creative than their non-indigo peers. There is no science or studies that give credibility to the existence or traits of indigo children. Many children labeled "indigo" are diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Skeptics suggest that the indigo phenomenon is due to parents preferring to believe their children are special, rather than having a medical diagnosis which implies damage or imperfection. Also criticized are the traits used to describe children, which have been compared to the Forer effect - so vague as to be able to apply to anyone.
The concept was initially developed in the 1970s, gaining popular interest with the publication of a series of books in the late 1990s and the release of several films in the following decade. A variety of books, conferences and related materials have been created surrounding the idea of indigo children, which have been criticized for a means of making money off of credulous parents.
The Forer effect (also called personal validation fallacy or the Barnum Effect after P. T. Barnum's observation that "we've got something for everyone") is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. This effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, and some types of personality tests.
A related and more generic phenomenon effect is that of subjective validation. Subjective validation occurs when two unrelated or even random events are perceived to be related because a belief, expectancy, or hypothesis demands a relationship. Thus people seek a correspondence between their perception of their personality and the contents of a horoscope.
"The Indigo Child is a boy or girl who displays a new and unusual set of psychological attributes, revealing a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before. This pattern has singularly unique factors that call for parents and teachers to change their treatment and upbringing of these kids to assist them in achieving balance and harmony in their lives, and to help them avoid frustration."
That representatives of science are truly interested in Boriska is an unarguable fact. A doctor of physical-mathematical science, Professor Vladislav Lugovenko, of the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radiowave Propagation (IZMIRAN) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, met with Boriska and invited him to Moscow for examination.
Some of Lugovenko's colleagues participated in the examination of the boy. Lugovenko conducts research into Indigo children in Russia and other countries, and considers they have been born on this planet over the past 20 years for a reason. Apparently these children are connected to the development of a future Earth civilisation.
"I am sure that, in the moral sense, Indigo children greatly differ from others their age," relates Dr Lugovenko. "They have an extraordinary sensitivity to any falseness, a development of intuition, telepathic powers and a connection to the cosmos. We can hope that the boy will fulfill his intended mission on Earth, about which neither he nor we can guess yet."
Originally posted by Maxmars
If someone could take a moment...,
What precisely (or generally) defines an 'indigo' child?
I have little exposure to this subject.
Originally posted by Jenadots
Present a buffet of experiences to see what each is drawn to on a repeated basis which will show where their talent lies. These are kids who need to be exposed to a very broad range of things and experiences.
Also, no baby or little kiddie talk. Some will give you the "are you crazy?" look because they want to be talked to in a normal tone of voice and manner.
They probably need more physical activity than kids are getting in day care and schools right now.
Also more classical type music and softer mellow modern music as I have noticed most have very acute hearing. Generally they do not like a lot of noise around them.
Originally posted by Maxmars
reply to post by autowrench
Thank you for being patient enough to explain.