Why Sensory Stimulation Is Important for Children?

Children have a mind as receptive as a sponge. Sensory integration classes have been talked about for years in the context of better functioning children. Does it really help? What exactly is their purpose?

The child and sensory integration

So let's clear up any confusion by first clarifying what sensory integration is. The term has its origins in the 1970s, when psychologist Anna Jean Ayes developed the theory of sensory integration. According to her assumptions, all stimuli coming from the senses, i.e. sensory stimuli, are integrated by specific neurons. Specialised transmitters are tasked with recognising, attributing and accumulating stimuli with previous experiences. 

This mechanism is called sensory integration and, when it is working properly, it triggers a response from the body that is appropriate to the situation. There is only one problem... Human beings are not born with a well-developed system of integration, but develop and refine it in the process of development. This is why it is so important to provide children with a variety of sensory stimuli that stimulate the nervous system into action. Special sensory activities meet these needs, whether organised independently by parents or offered by specialists.

Sensory stimulation - what is it?

Sensory activities should provide the body with stimuli touching such functional areas as touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste, as well as movement, balance and coordination.

Sensory integration - exercises

We provide sensory stimuli to children in everyday life, during ordinary activities. Even at lunch, in the bath, playing with kinetic sand or with manipulative toys, we develop sensory integration. However, if we want to stimulate the child's nervous system even more, it is worth providing our little ones with opportunities for additional stimulation. 

With this need in mind, the unique Center for Science and Sensory WOMAI was created. WOMAI.

How does WOMAI stimulate the senses?

At the WOMAI Centre, the emphasis is on providing visitors with a multi-sensory experience. The basis of the exhibition is the separate zones of light and darkness in the two exhibitions, "Into the light" and "Into the darkness". By entering them, our visitors not only feed their visual senses, but also activate their other sensory receptors. 

Children have the opportunity to confront the darkness, where the most important sense becomes not sight, but hearing, touch and even smell. This is sensory stimulation in its purest form! We confront the various challenges that await in the world of darkness. All under the guidance of a blind guide, who will show how he perceives the world and to what extent he has developed his other senses.

Entering the light zone, on the other hand, we experience a world full of colours, sounds and scientific experiments. Here, our knowledge will be enhanced by a scientist guide who will be happy to answer any questions.

The WOMAI Science and Senses Centre does not just offer the opportunity for sensory stimulation. It is more than that. The fun in the world of the senses that we experience here will inspire them to develop, and the extraordinary impressions after the exhibitions will stay with us for longer.

Author - Małgorzata Lebica | Photographer - Womai

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