Sensory Stimulation

Multiple Intelligence Program
  • What is Sensory Stimulation?

    Sensory stimulation is when information about our world is sent to our brain via:

    • the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste
    • the sense of balance and movement
    • body position sense
  • Why is Sensory Stimulation Valuable?

    We learn about, and make sense of our world, through information sent to our brain via our senses. The importance of sensory stimulation in your young child’s life cannot be understated. Sensory stimulation provides young ones with practise at receiving sensory information, to learn about different sensations, and to develop an abililty to integrate sensory information.

    To a young child, all round things are balls until a child’s brain is sent more information via sensory input. A child will know an orange is not a ball only when a child sees, feels, smells and tastes an orange; and has heard someone call it an orange.

  • Research demonstrates that as children actively use their senses in conjunction with one another, this helps to build pathways between nerves within the brain essential for cognitive growth, language development, gross and fine motor skills and much more.

    When?

    The critical period for sensory stimulation is the beginning years of brain development.

  • The importance of sensory stimulation in your young child's life cannot be understated

  • How?

    As your child experiences the world with you, encourage your child to see, feel, listen, smell and taste – if applicable!

    Showing your child a picture of a cat will give your child a limited understanding of cats.

    Giving your child the opportunity to see a cat, watch it move, feel its fur, smell its odour, listen to its purring sounds when stroked will give your child a deeper understanding of cats.

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