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Dear reader,

It is my pleasure that I am now able to place this book in your hands and that you feel like opening it.

It contains a great deal of information which I have been able to perceive, find out, explore and pass on in many years of working with children and their parents as a pediatrician. In my practice of developmental medicine (“Entwicklungsheilkunde“), it has always been important for me to put as many pieces of the puzzle together in order to see the children in their fullness and depth and to sometimes “translate“ them for their parents. 

This is what I view as my mission: to learn from the children, to expand my own horizon and then translate what I become aware of into the language of adults. In this process, I have become increasingly aware of some particularly empathetic, socially attentive and engaged children.

Certainly, they always came to me since there was some area in their lives where things did not go quite right. At the same time, they did not fit into any particular diagnostic category, or if they had already received a “diagnosis“, I was able to qualify it by initially describing them as “emotionally gifted“. A study then indicated that it was the network of mirror neurons which seems to be the origin of this special skill, which, in medical terms, we ended up naming “hypermirroring“. As far as their philosophy of life goes, however, the term “heart kids“ seems to describe them most appropriately, since they tend to continue approaching life and others from their hearts beyond infancy. 

Feel free to read the book in a linear way, or to start from the end or just follow your intuition and start wherever. Whatever you decide to do: may it inspire you and make it easier for you to find an access to your child, your teenager, and maybe even to your own heart. 

Enjoy. From all my heart,
Dr. Theresia Maria


Publisher Developmental Medicine


Emotionally gifted children, ‘heart kids’, are those who know immediately what the other person needs, who rush to help others and assume tasks for the community because they can sense what the other person is feeling. Sometimes they feel this so strongly that they put their own needs aside if they could hurts others. They are the kind of individuals who tend to be very popular—everybody wants to be around them.

What originally began as the observation of a behavior pattern in children and adolescents in a developmentally oriented pediatric practice, was confirmed and clarified even further in a study. Since communication in the mirror neuron network in the brain was actually found to be increased, we started calling them also – more medically speaking – ”hypermirroring children”.

These could be the ”new“ children who are about to lead us into a more empathic, more social society. Therefore, it is important to recognize them and to respect their special talent, while at the same time offering them the nourishing and protective environment which enables them to fully unfold their potential. In this book, you find questionnaires which will help you find out which of the typical features you can see in your child, along with many suggestions on how to support these children and how to design their environment, along with some information about the brain and some comments on the various directions of human evolution.


My motivation for writing this book and for who it is intended.

First and foremost, I wrote this book for the children. So, they may have a voice, they are seen and appreciated fully in their capacity to love, in their desire to express themselves and in their ability to enrich their environment and the world.

Children allow us to make the most wonderful experiences and yet they continuously challenge us in many ways….

In order to be prepared for both I wrote my experiences down. Experiences I have gathered in over 20 years of accompanying children, teenagers and their parents as a developmental pediatrician. I want to share of this knowledge with all the parents, educators, counsellors and doctors who wish for a better understanding of their children and little patients.

Enjoy reading!

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What to expect when reading this book

  • A lot of hearts. Drawing hearts and rainbows is a specialty of the ‘heart-kids’

  • To change your perception, to identify new aspects of your child and maybe even yourself

  • To describe and understand the not yet characterized qualities of “heart- kids” and “heart-people” (in the medical term “hypermirroring”)

  • Examples of my practical experiences with children and teenagers

  • Providing assistance to get together in a more relaxed manner

  • Help and guidance for a dialogue with preschool, kindergarten and school educators

  • Background information for hypersensitivity, ADD, autism and other emotional and social behavioral patterns

  • Questionnaires to better distinguish the strengths and the shortcomings so you can better support and assist the children

  • An introduction to the topic of developmental trauma and uploaded view of developmental medicine

  • To form understanding and appreciation for the children even when things go wrong at home or at school

  • Information and knowledge about different methods and therapies: brain spotting, emotional body healing, family as a team, emotional coaching, neurofeedback, brain mapping etc.

  • Easy to learn exercises for everyday life

  • An overview on the children vibrating on an elevated frequency, the children of the “new age”

Readers' comments

"Today I finished this wonderful book, thank you for letting me read it in advance! It surprised me and also gave me a new look at myself, fascinating. I think a bit of what is described is probably in all of us, whether hyper or hypomirroring. For "affected" parents, it is a very helpful and insightful book, which can make many things clearer and perhaps easier. I can recommend the book to anyone to find out more about their children and themselves."

Alexandra Christ, Mother

"The book opens our access to children's hearts, including our own, in understandable language. It teaches us to listen before judging and diagnosing."

Gregor Fürstenberger, Doctor

"My own personal reading experience is as if the book was written for me (a heart child). I super enjoyed reading it, compassionate and understandable. I find many topics from the book recommendable for childhood educators as well. New insights about children who can become wonderful people if they have a suitable ground to stand on and lean on."

Xiaoyan Yu, Educator

About the Author


Dr. Theresia Maria Stoeckl-Drax is an internationally trained Pediatrician and as a mother of three has also been able to have a first-hand experience of many aspects of child development.

In her practice, she has been working with children facing developmental challenges as well as difficulties in the areas of concentration, school, high sensitivity and emotions since 2001.

She is the founder of an uploaded vision of developmental medicine (“Entwicklungsheilkunde”). When she started to meet an increasing number of children who, while presenting difficulties within the school setting, are found to be very empathic and highly social, she began to do research on the particular traits of these children and to describe them.

This affair of the heart at some point lead to the creation of this book about emotionally gifted children, living from the heart.


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Who can benefit from reading the book?

Parents who perceive that their child is wonderful, but then find that there are difficulties in the nursery or kindergarten or school that they could never have imagined.


Therapists who are either at the beginning of their career and simply want to understand their young patients even more fully, or experienced therapists who already have contact with the children described but would like to learn more about them.


Educators who deal with children of the heart on a daily basis and are not always sure how to handle so much empathy and social sensitivity.


Again and again, parents and adults say that they understand themselves much better now because they recognize themselves in the description.

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