At a birthday party gathering over the weekend, a friend's mother approached me and said that my daughter is an "Indigo Child." She commented on my daughter's beauty, her wisdom, and her fiery temper. She said that "Indigos" were special children. They're psychic and have great powers.
Well, being as into the paranormal as I am, I googled "Indigo Child" when I got home and did some research. A lot of "Indigo Children" are believed to be mistakenly labeled as ADHD/ADD, according to the information on the web. Who knew? However, the "Indigo Child" is kinda last decade. The new class of children being born are the "Crystal Children." These are children who are late talkers. They start talking around 3 or 4, so a lot of these kids are "mistakenly" labeled autistic. Apparently, they aren't late talkers because they can't talk, they just communicate telepathically so they don't have to talk!
The information on these children explained that they are on the next evolutionary rung than "typical" children and should be understood for who they are. They shouldn't be given medication or any other kind of treatment because that would lessen what they are about and the purpose they're supposed to fulfill in the world!
As much as I'm into the paranormal, I'm not a believer in "Indigo" or "Crystal" children. I think the whole thing is hogwash. I can't understand how a dynamic of "survival of the fittest" would involve a class of kids who lack social skills and have difficulties with connecting with other kids. However, I do find an interesting parallel within the autism community. On the one hand, you have the group of parents who will do ANYTHING to cure their autistic child! They pursue biomedical treatments, special diets, no vaccination, and chelation treatments. They think there is a cure out there and will try anything that might bring it about. On the other hand, you have people who believe their autistic kids (or themselves if they are adults with autism) are perfectly fine as-is and do not need to be "fixed," but have their differences appreciated for what they offer. I mean, can you imagine Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory" believing he needs to change? Of course, that's assuming the show's writers ever make him an official Aspie!
I find myself a bit in-between these two groups! I love my daughter's quirks--her specialness--that I don't want to see changed. But I do want her to fully experience the joys of life including having a great career, finding the love of her life, raising wonderful kids, and having as many friends as she would want in the world. Luckily, behavior therapy has been fitting the bill for our needs!
While I may not have an "Indigo Girl" for a daughter, I believe she is as special and wonderful as can be! And as healthy as can be too! What parent wouldn't be thrilled?