Medical Minute: Indigo Kids Debate

Smart, intuitive, sensitive, strong-willed and full of energy, they are called indigo children.

Kai looks and talks like any other three-year-old.

"I like to play chicken games and another game about tigers!"

But his mom says he has supernatural gifts and remembers past lives.

"Maybe about a year ago, he told me, 'Remember Mom, when I was your dad?'"

Shannon Parsons says her four kids are also indigos.

"They're always talking about when they were in heaven and what they knew and who they knew."

Seven-year-old Chandler frequently talks to an imaginary friend he says he met in heaven.

"We talk about everything in the world, what he did on his vacation."

Psychologist Nancy-Ann Tappe was the first to describe these children more than 20 years ago. She says they're called indigo because of the dark blue aura that surrounds them and she believes indigos are more "evolved" than past generations.

Nancy Ann Tappe, a parapsychologist, explained, "They're straight talkers. They don't want to be talked down to. They'll catch you at three if you do."

She says you can recognize them by their large, clear eyes. Other indigo traits are they have high IQs, are self-confident and resist authority, but psychologist Russell Barkley says "indigo" is just a cover-up for behavior problems like ADHD or bipolar disorder.

Russell Barkley, PhD, Psychologist, said, "It is possible that some parents who have children with psychiatric problems would like them to have a label that is more socially acceptable, more uplifting and positive."

Barkley says there's no scientific evidence to support indigos, but many parents do believe their kids have special gifts.

A school in California is designed specifically for indigo children. More than 100 attend.
Shannon and Lon's kids all attend the school. They say their children need to be treated differently. They say raising an indigo is a challenge, but it's one they're prepared to take on, even if others aren't convinced.

"It doesn't matter what you call them. They're different and everybody knows it!"

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