Taking a Look at Indigo Children

SAN DIEGO, CA. (ConCienciaNews) ­ If your child is brilliant, extremely sensitive, attentive to other peoples’ needs, mature for his or her age and has problems concentrating in school, some might say he is an Indigo child.

This concept was introduced by the psychic Nancy Ann Tappe in 1982 in her book “Understanding Life Through Color.” Tappe, who claimed to have the ability to perceive auras, said that New Age children sharing these characteristics had an indigo colored aura.

The aura color may determine similar behavior and a series of common objectives in a group of people. Tappe claims that most adults have a violet or blue aura, the colors needed for this stage of universal evolution. Indigos, however, are the new standard and will eventually replace the violets.

According to Tappe, 95% of children born in the last decade are Indigo children.

“These children of the new millennium have been able to change the vibrations in our lives and create a single earth,” says Tappe in her book “They are our bridge towards the future.”

Jacqueline Lloyd, an expert in metaphysics who lives in San Diego, California, agrees with Tappe’s vision about the existence and function of Indigo children, because she claims to have one at home. Being witness to what she describes as unusual intelligence and a “surprising maturity,” Lloyd started to more closely study her daughter’s personality when she was only a year and a half old.

“Indigo children tend to be extremely sensitive to other people’s emotions,” said Lloyd. “They are brilliant, always ahead of their age and great problem-solvers.” These types of abilities may make Indigo children the perfect gears to evolve into future societies.

However, since it is not an empirical school of thought based on clinical studies, those who work day-to-day with children who suffer from learning and mental problems do not share this vision.

Sandra Sologuren, a bilingual clinical therapist in Ontario, California who works with autistic Hispanic children, said that “there is no proof” of the existence of an Indigo current and, as a consequence, neither is there a formal category.

On the other hand, the characteristics suggested by those promoting the Indigo children concept are ambiguous and do not always appear together: some children can be brilliant without being extremely sensitive and vice versa.

Most Indigo children have concentration problems at school, for which reason they are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. Most of them also present serious learning and mental problems.

Paradoxically, as the incidence of autism increases (1 out of 150 children is diagnosed with some degree of autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)), the popularity of the term Indigo has also increased.

“The diagnoses are something similar to autism and attention deficit disorder,” said Sologuren. “Diagnoses like these can not be covered up with something more romantic like the Indigo concept.”

For Lloyd, diagnoses like these are the result of the lack of support experienced by Indigo children. “They say they get bored, and even laugh at school,” she said. According to her, unlike others, Indigo children must receive an education that stimulates their creativity.

Sologuren is fears that by admitting the existence of an Indigo category, parents will be blind to the imminent developmental problems their children may have and will use it as a justification to avoid seeking professional help. Not obtaining adequate medical treatment early on has a negative impact on any development or mental treatment.

She recommends that parents take their children for an evaluation with a specialist if they notice something odd in their behavior; for example, if they do not interact enough with their environment or if ­ on the contrary ­ they are very active and become too distracted at school.