Class Information: Sensory World



Let's discuss how what we see (and hear, taste, feel) in the world might not be the same for everyone else. Topics include sensory processing sensitivity and other sensory traits such as face blindness, aphantasia, synesthesia - including misophonia and mirror-touch (empathy). Are you a highly sensitive person? Are autism, ADHD, and being HSP possibly related? How might having sensory processing sensitivity traits impact parenting styles? (Note, this can also relate to teaching and management styles!) Also learn about the self/other theory and how this might influence your perspectives and choices.


Continuing Education Units Available

In partnership with Ole Miss (University of Mississippi), we offer continuing education credits (CEUs) for each of the above classes. The process is simple!

1. Successfully complete the course.

2. Contact Us to let us know you're interested the CEUs.

3. Upon confirmation, we'll send you a form and link to submit to Ole Miss (you pay a $20 fee per class directly to Ole Miss).

Mentored Version: 1.2 CEUs

Stand-Alone Version: 0.8 CEUs


Note: members of the Parent Empowerment Project have access to the stand-alone version, and completion of this class through the PEP qualifies!


Learning Goals
  • Gain awareness and understanding of sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) and other sensory traits
  • Learn about the dimensionality involved how traits intersect and interact
  • Learn about strategies and ideas for how a person with SPS can design a healthy and happy life for themselves
  • For people with SPS, gain a sense of affirmation
  • Improve communication, with parent-child relationships and other relationships that involved somebody with SPS


Click below to expand and view the Course Outline
    1. Sensory Processing Sensitivity
      • Video: Highly Sensitive Person (SPS)
      • Sensory Processing Sensitivity: Definitions and Descriptions
      • Relevance for Sheltering in Place
      • Highly Sensitive Person Scale
      • Journal: Are You a Highly Sensitive Person
    2. Synesthesia
      • Video: Synesthesia
      • Synesthesia Defined
      • Synesthesia Causes
      • Examples of Synesthesia
    3. Do You See What I See?
      • Video: Exploring Visual and Auditory Traits
      • Aphantasia and Hyperphantasia
      • Prosopagnosia: Face Blindness
      • Color, Motion, and Depth Perception
      • Journal: What Do You See?
    4. Do You Hear What I Hear?
      • Influences on Auditory Perception
      • Inner Monologues
      • “Sountracks”
      • Journal: What Do You Hear?
    5. Dimensionality: Humans are Complicated
      • Video: Dimensionality
      • Dimensionality Explained
      • ADHD
      • Autism
      • Overexcitabilities and the Gifted
      • Journal: Reflections on Dimensionality
    6. Facing Adversity and Trauma
      • Video: Effects and Needs
      • Self-Other Theory
      • Physical Impact of Sensory Experiences
      • Shut Down or Melt Down
      • Stimming and Soothing
      • Mirroring and Opposite Mirroring
      • Journal: Reflections on Facing Adversity and Trauma
    7. Reframing and Understanding
      • Sensitivity, Reactivity, and Behavior
      • Highly Aware versus Shy or Afraid
      • Time to Mull Things Over: Slow versus More to Process
      • Replace “Sorry” with “Thank You”
      • Ladders and Bridges in the Real World
      • “Neurotypicals" and Mind Blindness
      • Journal: Reflections on Reframing and Understanding
    8. Nurturing the Sensory Self
      • Boundaries and Expectations
      • Spoons and Gears
      • Self-Actualization
      • Parenting Children and Reparenting Self
      • Journal: Reflections on Nurturing the Sensory Self
    9. Explore More
      • Revisiting Questions
      • Books and Journals
      • Websites



Options for Enrollment

Do you want a course mentor who will give you feedback, and documentation of completion for your records? Or would you like to work through the course independently? Select the option that works best for you.


PEP Members

Cost: Free

Enrollment: The self-directed version of this course is provided free to members and is already available in your course list. If you are not a member, click here to learn more.

Details: Continuous access so long you are a PEP member ($20 month)



Cost: $65

Start Date: Open, start anytime

Enrollment: Click here to enroll

Details: 6 months access to the course.


Mentored, with Documentation

Cost: $490

Start Date: See Course Catalog, or click enroll link below, for next start date. If you wish in inquire about a sooner start date, Contact Us.

Enrollment: Click here to enroll

Details: 12 weeks, flexible-paced, with mentor response and access. You are provided with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. 6 months access to the course content.


Train the Trainer & Licensing Seats

Cost: Contact Us

Enrollment: Contact Us

Details: One or more people with your organization can successfully complete the mentored version of the class. After this, you can request that they have a copy of this class set up with them as the instructor. We can enroll other people from your organization into this class (for the standard self-directed rate), to be overseen by your own personnel as instructors. This can be a cost-effective way to have more people trained.


Additional Information

Sensory Processing Sensitivity (also known as highly sensitive person or HSP) defined: A person with Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) takes in more sensory details - with less “filtering” than most people - especially for any new things or environments. They might also notice nuances in meaning and subtle things that others overlook - in what people say, in the environment, or slight shifts in sensory details in a room or in nature. Sometimes a person with SPS can become over-stimulated, impacting their physical and mental well-being. This personality trait can impact all parts of a person’s life, including their education experiences, workplace success, and personal relationships – including the parent-child relationship.

Parents who learn about SPS often realize that they themselves have SPS. Having SPS traits can directly impact their parenting styles and how they communicate with their children (Aron, et al., 420-435; Branjerdporn, et al., 14). Gaining awareness of both their own SPS traits and needs can help parents to nurture positive approaches to parenting for their own sakes and for the benefit of their children. Among other factors, this can also include understanding and mediating work-related stressors that are directly related to SPS traits (Meyerson, et al., 29-37; Vander Elst, et al., 15). The hope is that this can improve the quality of life for the parent, which benefits everyone, and also help the parent guide their children in their future education and career choices.

Empathy Traits: Mirror-touch synesthesia, the self-other challenge often experienced by people with SPS, and/or people from a complex trauma background, can all lead to heightened levels of empathy. This is one of those areas where you can have benefits mixed with challenges, so the goal is to honor the positive while developing healthy strategies for mitigating the challenge areas.


Works Cited

Aron, Elaine N., et al. “Sensory Processing Sensitivity and the Subjective Experience of Parenting: An Exploratory.” Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science, vol. 68, no. 4, October 2019, pp. 420-435.

Branjerdporn, Grace, et. al. “Sensory Sensitivity and Its Relationship with Adult Attachment and Parenting Styles.” Public Library of Science ONE, vol. 14, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-17.

Meyerson, Joseph, et al. “Burnout and professional quality of life among Israeli dentists: the role of sensory processing sensitivity.” International Dental Journal, vol. 70, no. 1, February 2020, pp. 29-37.

Vander Elst, Tinne, et al. "Who is more susceptible to job stressors and resources? Sensory-processing sensitivity as a personal resource and vulnerability factor." Public Library of Science ONE, vol. 14, no. 11, 2019, pp. 1-18.



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