Beautiful article written by two loving grandmothers, Lois Ingellis and Arlene Rider, on “how babies learn”, specifically what we can do as parents/grandparents to help in their learning development.
“Through the insights of Jean Piaget we have come to view the infant as an involved person, one who experiences a wide range of intellectual and emotional abilities. Although they may appear to be helpless beings, babies are persons with feelings, rights, and an individual nature. Caregiving routines such as feeding, diapering, and playing are the heart of engaging with babies, but the challenge is to find ways to use these daily routines to interact, develop trust and security, and provide educational opportunities (Gordon and Browne 2007).
Sensory awareness refers to using the senses to give the mind information. Vision is the dominant sense for young children. Visual awareness is the ability to mimic movements and to discriminate faces, emotions, sizes, shapes, and colors (Gordon and Browne 2007). It is the ability in three-month old babies to recognize their mothers. Auditory awareness includes the ability to understand and carry out verbal directions and to discriminate among a variety of sounds. Auditory skills help children to process information about language. From infancy, children seem to be able to combine visual and auditory awareness. Further sensory awareness develops through touch.
That said, it seems of late the child’s world has become bombarded with a myriad of unnatural sensory stimulation: blinking and bright lights, and loud music and sounds—literally a sensory integration overload. Many commercial constraints for children, including a new potty chair that has an I-pad insert for the toddler, offer a myriad of unnatural colorful and blinking lights and high pitched sounds. While it is important to provide sensory stimulation to children, it should be natural sensory stimulation such as sand and water play, classical music, children’s songs, and lullabies. Sensory engagement, not overload, is needed.”
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