Traditional sensory stimulation theory has as in its basic premise that effective learning occurs when the senses are stimulated (Laird, 1985).
The three primary sensory learning models are: Visual (eyes), auditory (ears), and kinesthetic (touch or hands-on). Many children learn by incorporating all three. However, it is quite common to have a preferred and dominant style of learning. If you a child is strong in one style of learning it’s possible to use it to excel and compensate for any styles of learning that are less developed.
text, pictures, graphics, photo, video, teacher led activities, board work
listening to the teacher and others, music, videos; talking, shouting, whispering, singing, rhymes, story-telling, clapping rhythmically to indicate syllabic stress
handling different objects, making things, describing shapes, gesturing, gardening, making mud pies, building blocks, hand to eye coordination, cutting, gluing, painting
Taste / smell
sampling food and drink, essential oils
manual and physical activity, games involving manipulating objects or moving about, gardening, building
Here are some of the sensory activities we engage in regularly.
Home made raw organic chocolate
Essential oil infused home made play dough
Home made (by children at school) slime
Shaving foam painting, sensory tray or sculptures
Rainbow soap foam
Baking soda experiments
Rice and pasta activities: between your toes and fingers
Mud pies, sand pies
Home made edible paint
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Check out this video as an example of one of our many sensory activities.