What can happen if we overstimulate children

In recent times we hear a lot about infant stimulation, early stimulation, etc ... and we must be clear about what stimulation is and what it is not.

When we talk about stimulating the baby, we are talking about facilitating spaces and contexts for learning, awakening their senses, the child's curiosity, facilitating varied experiences, but also allowing them to discover for themselves and gradually mature and grow.

Stimulating does not mean accelerating their development, or acquiring certain skills ahead of time, or continually offer activities and materials to "grow faster" or "learn more." Stimulating implies knowing and respecting the evolutionary moment of each child, and giving them what they need and what they can do by age.

We speak of overstimulation or hyperstimulation when we provide the child stimuli that are greater than he can tolerate in relation to his age or in such a quantity that he cannot process them properly. Or when we want the baby or child to be always active and doing things without assessing the importance of the child being calm and calm. If we provide games or toys with lots of noise, lights, buttons, images, or when we sit them without limit in front of the TV or the tablet watching pictures so that they are entertained.

According to the results of a study carried out by the research group "Neuroplasticity and Learning", of the University of Granada (UGR), coordinated by Milagros Gallo, overstimulation can negatively affect learning. According to this study, "the excess of stimuli generates a tolerance level in children, that is, there comes a time when the stimuli no longer generate the same satisfaction, so it is necessary to look for more", which can lead to to "too restless" children, almost hyperactive, but it would be better to say "hyperstimulated".

Overloading the brain with stimuli also causes the brain not to know which stimuli to attend to, and that, in the absence of stimuli, the brain is not activated, that is, the level of stimulation must be very high for it to start. . Which translates into difficulties or attention problems.

Another risk is that children get frustrated, if for example we provide them with a toy or activity for which they are not prepared, they will not be able to do it, and you will be frustrated at not being able to complete or perform it correctly and they end up having a negative self-concept, which will influence their self-esteem.

In summary, Risks of overstimulation are attention difficulties, overly "fussy" children, and frustration.

Therefore, if we want to stimulate our baby, it is important to know what the child can do at all times, and to respect both the character of the child and their interests and also value the child's calm times.

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