Book Discussion Led by Melissa Kelley, LMFT | Congregation Beth Am

Book Discussion Led by Melissa Kelley, LMFT

"The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them" by Elaine Aron

As a society, we are wired to encourage our children and teens to be extroverts. Colleges are looking for leadership and a long list of extra-curricular activities. Parties, summer camps and events for children and teens tend to be loud, boisterous affairs.

But what about our kids who can’t handle huge amounts of noise and people and crowds? Or the ones who are introverts, and actually need quiet time alone to recharge their batteries and make sense of their world?

Come learn about our highly sensitive children and teens. They are not broken or defective. Often, they are our future artists, poets, opinion leaders and gifted writers and scholars. Let’s learn how to appreciate them and include them in our community.

About Melissa Kelley: Before becoming a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, Melissa was a research manager at the Stanford Family Studies Center and a Program Officer in the area of at-risk youth for the Walter S. Johnson Foundation. After many years as a School Counselor and Social Emotional Learning teacher, she now has a private practice as a psychotherapist in Menlo Park working with children, teens, and families. Melissa and her family have been members of Beth Am since 2006, and currently Melissa serves as board representative for the Beth Am Include Committee.

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