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Jennifer Mathews: Smart, intuitive, sensitive, strong willed and full of energy, take a good look, these are called indigo children. Kai looks and talks like any other three year-old. Kai: I want to play chicken game and another rainbow tigers. Jennifer Mathews: But his mom says he has supernatural gift and remembers past lives. Lon Bloomfield: May be about a year ago, he told me like, remember mom when I was your dad. Jennifer Mathews: Shannon Parsons says her four kids are also indigos. Shannon Parsons: They are always talking about when they were in heaven and what they knew and who they knew. Jennifer Mathews: Seven year-old Chandler talks to an imaginary friend he says he met in heaven. Chandler Parsons: We talk about everything in the world, what he did on his vacation. Jennifer Mathews: Psychologist Nancy Ann Tappe was the first to describe these children more than 20 years ago. She says they are called indigo because of the dark loop arrow that surrounds them. She believes indigos are more evolved than past generations. Nancy Ann Tappe: They are straight talkers, they don’t want to be talk down to and they’ll catch you at three if you do. Jennifer Mathews: She says you can recognize them by their large clear eyes. Other indigo traits, they have high IQs, are self confident and resist authority. Nancy Ann Tappe: These children demand to be individualistic. It’s not a request. Jennifer Mathews: But psychologist Russell Barkley says indigo is just a cover up for behavioral problems like ADHD or bipolar disorder. Russell Barkley: It’s possible that some parents whose children have psychiatric problems would like them to have a label that is more socially acceptable, more uplifting and positive. Jennifer Mathews: Barkley says there’s no scientific evidence to support indigos. Russell Barkley: These kinds of nonsense are calling lunatic fringe ideas, literally do pray on the desperation of other people. In that sense, I find them morally reprehensive. Jennifer Mathews: But many parents do believe their kids have special gifts. This school is California is designed specifically for indigo children, more than a 100 is hand. Carla Gerstein: They need more stimulation because they are two steps ahead of where we are. Jennifer Mathews: Shannon and Lon’s kids all attend the school. They say their children need to be treated differently. Lon Bloomfield: He does not do well if you order him around. So I’ve gotten into a habit of talking to him almost like an adult. Jennifer Mathews: They say raising an indigo is a challenge but it’s one they are prepared to take on even if others aren’t convinced. Shannon Parsons: You can be as skeptical as you want but you know, they are here, they are here, they are now and it’s like, it doesn’t matter what you call them, they are different and everybody knows it. Jennifer Mathews: Special gifts or special problems, that’s for you to decide. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.