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University of Alicante, key to a European project to identify hypersensitive children at an early age

Children with hypersensitivity are more susceptible to environmental stimuli and show high emotion levels, empathy and creativity. Prevalence rate is 15% in Spain and Europe.

 

E-motion project work team in which UA researchers Rosario Ferrer, Manuel Lillo and Nicolás Ruiz participate

 

Alicante, Friday 3 June 2019.

University of Alicante researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences have been working on E-motion, a new European project to identify hypersensitive children at an early developmental stage. Hypersensitivity prevalence rate in Spain and Europe is 15%.

E-motion has a team of researchers from different fields of knowledge to develop an assessment model that helps families, teachers and educators identify hypersensitive children.  Some pioneering studies on the subject have found that hypersensitivity can be associated with adaptation problems in the school and social environment due to some special features of these children.

Generally speaking, hypersensitivity refers to an extreme sensitivity to the stimulation of the senses, i.e. touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell.  Hypersensitive children may complain of sensory stimuli that might seem irrelevant to others.  Also, their emotional responses may be affected and thus, social functioning may be impaired.  Hypersensitivity is often associated with high emotionality, empathy and creativity.  

Within the context of the E-motion project, a University of Alicante research team led by PhD Professor Rosario Ferrer and Nursing Department PhD Lecturer Manuel Lillo will be working for three years in collaboration with researchers from institutions in Poland, Romania, Spain, Macedonia and Italy to promote an assessment model that is sensitive to the special features of these children. To this end, this project will recruit a sample of 100 children, parents and early childhood and primary teachers from the participating countries.

The project addresses one of the European Union's priority policies on "Inclusive Education".  E-motion is funded by the European Commission's programme ERASMUS+, within the strategic educational action and is coordinated by the University of Economics and Innovation of Lublin (Poland) as the main partner of the project.

 

 

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