People can usually name the five senses just based on our own experiences, but as a reminder these are – taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell. However, there are also two others that play a vital role in your baby’s development – these are the proprioception and vestibular systems. Since processing sensory information is the foundation of all learning, all seven sensory systems are important in a baby’s development. Remember two things. 1. Babies use their senses to learn about the world around them. 2. Sensory stimulation is linked to emotional, cognitive and physical development. Let’s find out more!
Movement – Vestibular system. Location – (Inner ear)
The vestibular system contributes to your baby’s balance and their sense of where their body is in space. It provides the most input about movement in the body, and works with the auditory and visual system to give accurate information to the brain about the direction the body is moving. It is really important for the ongoing development of balance, coordination, eye control, attention, and even some aspects of language development. In classes we use soft mats and cushions to try light bouncing and rocking and to music making sure we always observe our babies’ reactions to ensure enjoyment.
Body Awareness – Proprioception. Location – (muscles and joints)
Proprioception to the perception of sensation of the muscles and joints enabling your baby’s brain to know where each part of the body is and how it is moving. So the effect of the proprioceptive system is that it helps your baby coordinate the movement of their arms and legs to play and move without even having to look. Our natural exploration area in class allows babies freedom of movement and the chance to flex those muscles with tummy time and crawling!
Baby World and Me classes are a great way for your baby to learn through their 7 senses!