Is your child
able to distinguish all of this or her incoming stimuli?
The advent of convenience in our lives has stripped us somewhat of opportunities to explore, develop and recognise our senses. Television and computers have reduced some of our stereo vision and sound experiences to flat, one dimensional inputs and removed nearly all touch inputs from our lives. The senses of smell and taste are not represented at all in these scenarios.
Similarly our visual system needs all forms of input to develop in a healthy manner. We develop depth perception from short, middle and far distance items, which are not all available in indoor environments. Without these varied challenges, children’s visual systems may not develop as optimally as they should.
In their first five years of life, children experience the most rapid growth in terms of sorting out different senses. This is the time to expose them to sensory-rich environments that may not be readily available in their indoor surroundings. Many childhood disorders have at least one element of sensory integration issue due to slow processing and/or poor neuronal transmissions.
Sensory@SPRING offers a wide range of typical inputs children should be receiving from their environment to stimulate each of their senses.