Child Sense by Priscilla Dunstan

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs

Priscilla Dunstan developed both Dunstan Baby Language and authored the book Child Sense.

According to the Australian child-development expert, every child falls into one of four sense-based categories for experiencing, interpreting and relating to the world: tactile; auditory; visual; and taste-and-smell.

She includes simple-to-use checklists and evaluation tools help caregivers identify a child’s primary sense orientation (and their own) so that they can better understand that child’ s behavior, ranging from sleeping and feeding problems through stubbornness, temper tantrums, fear and hurt feelings. For example, while a tactile two-year-old prefers to eat with her hands, a visual three-year old insists on lining up all his plastic dinosaurs just so, and a taste/smell five-year-old is naturally hypersensitive and emotional, each presents a different challenge to his or her parents.

Ms. Dunstan’s advice is to customize parenting to the unique needs of the child, with some practical solutions and communication strategies just to get through the day at first, and then the week, and eventually most early childhood milestones. The process appears to take time and involve everyone in the family with a lot of trial, error and dedicated effort, but it may be just right for frustrated parents who are struggling with calming and encouraging their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Dunstan Baby Language DVD Give-Away

Dunstan Baby Language will give 10 free DVDs to the 10 nannies and au pairs that answer the questions that are listed below. Visit the Dunstan Baby Language web site by clicking here or read our brief explanation of the method by clicking here.

Answer These Questions:

1. How do babies benefit from Dunstan Baby Language?

2. In what three ways could a nanny benefit by learning Dunstan Baby Language?

Remember to email your answers to: and to learn more about Dunstan Baby Language visit their web site at:


  1. Dunstan baby language is great!Everyone who cares for a young infant should learn the lanuage.It's really easy to learn and truely does work!Good luck to everyone who enters the contest!~Andrea, Nanny/Northern, NJ

  2. Yes, it does work. I think the hungry cry and uncomfortable cries are easiest to identify. If all you do is learn those two cries you have helped the infant and yourself tremendously. The baby will spend less time crying and you will be less frustrated trying to figure out why they are crying too.Nanny Maria in Orlando

  3. Regarding Child Sense though, it would be interesting to see what she makes of Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence.

  4. Yes Lisa I think it does sound like the theory of multiple intelligence.I think it is pretty much accepted now by teachers that we do not all learn the same way: auditory, visual, or tactile and so on. The book sounds like it discusses this concept.

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