Dinoduo get Touchy/ Feely
Children are tactile creatures. They love to move around, reaching and touching objects all around them. They love to be hugged and to hug. It is through the tactile system that the child interfaces with the world around them, both people and objects. The tactile system is a very large sensory system – there are sensory receptors spread throughout the whole of the body. Some areas of the body are more sensitive to touch than others.
The tactile sensory system is actually made up of millions of different types of sensory nerve endings. Information from these sensory nerves passes to the brain where the information is processed and helps the child
- To detect where on their body they were touched
- Was the touch light or forceful?
- Was the touch painful or not?
- What was the texture of the item they touched?
- Was it cold or hot?
- Was it rough or smooth?
- How long was the child in contact with the tactile input?
- Did the child like the texture or not?
The information from a large variety of sensory receptors will be integrated in the brain to answer the above questions instantaneously. This all happens while the tactile sensory system simultaneously filters out competing sensory textures such as the clothes on the child or the pressure of the chair they are sitting on. The more exposure the child has to a variety of tactile experience the better able the child is to process and interpret the meaning of the tactile experience. This in turn impacts on how a child develops their fine motor and gross motor skills and their ability to plan motor activities