When we talk about the senses, the five basic senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch probably come to mind. But did you know that there are more than five senses? Did you know that these five senses are only secondary? What really are the primary senses? From here, we can answer the third and important question that surely comes to mind: How do we get stimulate all the primary and secondary senses of children from an early age.
Although we usually use the terminology of 'global stimulation and of the senses' from both educational and health centers and, probably, already in our homes thanks to social networks and the continuous updating of information. But it is likely that we have not stopped to think what exactly both stimulate and the senses mean.
In today's post from Guiainfantil.com We will inform you in detail about the characteristics of each sense and how to stimulate them in a playful way, whether you are parents or caregivers. And, for this, we are going to begin to know what the secondary senses are.
- The visual sense (sight)
We must ensure that the immediate environment of our children is impregnated with a great variety of colors and shapes. Initially starting with objects of obvious contrasts and, little by little, with the improvement of his chromatic abilities and sight from a distance, expanding his less immediate repertoire. It is also important to stimulate your vision and attention through all our gestures, both facial and even body.
- The olfactory sense (smell)
We must ensure proper nose hygiene from a young age to facilitate both their nasal breathing and their smell, since a good development of this sense favors their interest in food; For all this it is important to familiarize them as children, impregnating their objects with scent; bathing it with fragrances and promoting the presentation of the food before offering it directly to the mouth. It is important to remember that there are a multitude of scents such as fruit, citrus, menthol, sweet, smoke, floral, etc.
- The auditory sense (hearing)
We must also surround them with melodic stimuli, either in the form of a spoken voice and even through songs with the aim of attracting their attention and adding new auditory learning. At this point it is good to point out that the little ones tend to be more attracted to voices and sweet, sharp, fine sounds and with a great melodic curve, making monotonous and strident sounds unpleasant.
- The tactile sense (touch)
We must assiduously perform massages during the bath with the water and, later, with creams all the parts of your body, especially the most sensitive, such as the soles of the feet (to desensitize it and facilitate ambulation), the palm of the hands (to desensitize him and facilitate the manipulation of objects) and, even, the face and his mouth through hygiene (to desensitize him and also facilitate his oral exploration) It is also important to present different textures throughout your body: creamy, soft, rough, etc.
- The gustatory sense (taste)
We must present the flavors from an early age, both directly with food and by dipping objects in different flavors such as sweet, salty, sour, bitter, etc.
We cannot forget to also promote their balance and coordination skills (vestibular and proprioceptive system), located in the inner ear. We would do this through the daily routine of postural and motor control, being able to provoke it with stimuli of interest that generate all kinds of movements of elevation, rotation, ambulation, midline, etc.
In the case of the little ones, it can be done through varied swinging movements or, also, you can find a large number of fun materials for their development, such as seesaws, swings, slides, rotators and even all kinds of obstacles to keep your balance.
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